Lesesne State Forest

Lesesne State Forest

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.
 

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Hours

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.)

Fees

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.”

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting (seasonally)
  • Archery
  • Trapping

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Last updated: June 27, 2017
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