Bledsoe State Forest

Size:  8,365 acres / 3,385 ha.

Bledsoe State Forest is located on the Cumberland Plateau in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Van Buren, and White Counties.

The land was originally purchased by the State Department of Institutions in 1907. In 1933, 6,656 acres were designated as State Forest.

The timber types present include mixed upland hardwoods, mixed hardwood pine, planted white and loblolly pine, and hemlock pine. Much of the pine timber in the southern section was wiped out and salvaged due to a southern pine beetle outbreak in the early 2000s.

Areas of the forest are used for tree improvement studies where strains of various species are grown to determine their suitability as high quality timber.  

Recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. Fall Creek State Park is approximately 3 miles southwest.

GPS Coordinates of Main Entrance:  35.681907, -85.269735

Bledsoe State Forest Public Road Use Map  

Bledsoe State Forest Firewood Collection Map


Daniel Nielsen, State Forest Forester
310 Fire Tower Road
Sewanee, TN  37375
(615) 202-9393