Visit the south gate (lower research area) to learn more about the ongoing chestnut research at Lesesne State Forest.
This 422-acre forest is located in Nelson County. A gift to the commonwealth, it is a wildlife sanctuary and designated for research on the American Chestnut.
The forest is open daily from dawn to dusk.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
Walking, Hiking and Boating:
A State Forest Use Permit is not required for forest visitors who walk, hike or boat on a state forest.
Riding Bicycles and Riding Horses:
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit is required for persons aged 16 years-old or older.
Hunting, Trapping and Fishing:
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit and valid hunting or fishing license are required for persons aged 16 years-old or older in accordance with state regulations.
State Forest Use Permits:
Permits cost $16 USD and are valid for one year from date of purchase. Permits can be purchased two ways:
1.Go to any location where you purchase a hunting license. Ask the clerk for the “State Forest Permit” to be added to your license.
2. Use your credit card and purchase a permit online from the Virginia Department Of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) website. After you sign in, find “Special Licenses” and select “State Forest use Permit.”