Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Tennessee

(615) 443-2769

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Overview

Cedars of Lebanon State Park provides opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and camping, as well as the chance to view rare and endangered species of plants in the cedar glades. The park is named for the dense cedar forest that existed in the Biblical lands of Lebanon. The park's 900 acres are used for intensive recreation. An additional 8,100 acres are operated by the Parks Division as a natural area and by the Forestry Division as a State Forest. Beginning in the 1940s botanists began to notice unique natural ecosystem found in and around Cedars of Lebanon State Park and Forest. These areas are natural rock gardens called cedar glades. The presence of glades is due to limestone rock coming so close to the surface of the ground that it causes the soil to be thin or absent. What little soil there is builds up along the cracks and potholes in the limestone slab. Water and surface temperatures vary so much throughout the year that a harsh, desert-like, inhospitable habitat is created with its own unique plant community. Nineteen rare and endangered species of plants grow profusely here and nowhere else in the world.

Map of Cedars of Lebanon (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.062550, -86.340388

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Driving along the roads of the park gives visitors a chance to partake in the natural beauty from comfort of their own vehicle.

  • Camping

    The park has 117 campsites, all with picnic tables, grills, electric and water hookups. There are 30 tent and pop-up sites available. Three bathhouses provide hot showers and restrooms. There is a camp store (open seasonally), souvenir shop, laundromat, and a dumping station for self-contained camping rigs. The campground is open year-round and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum stay is two weeks.

    A modern group lodge, open year-round for organized groups, has a total sleeping capacity of 80 people. There are two dorms, each with 20 bunkbeds and private restrooms and showers. The lodge has modern kitchen facilities for complete food preparation and serving. Reservations for this facility should be made well in advance. Campers should provide all linens and food.

  • Hiking

    Eight miles of hiking trails meander through the "cedar" forests and glades. Hiking trails are open year-round. There are four trails in the park from which visitors frequently enjoy glimpses of fox, deer, squirrel, rabbits, and turkey throughout the park. The Cedar Forest Trail is an easy 2-mile hike. Dixon-Merrit Trail is an easy half mile trail. The Limestone Sinks is a half mile hike that brings visitors to the cedar glades. The Hidden Springs Trail is five miles long.

  • Historic Sites

    Cedars of Lebanon State Park and State Forest are located in the southwestern part of Wilson County within the Central Basin of Tennessee. During the early 1800s, many of the original settlers gained land ownership through land grants for their service during the Revolutionary War. They found the area to be a vast forest. They mistook the juniper trees for cedars, leading to the name of the area.

  • Horseback Riding

    The park offers 12.5 miles of marked trails for horseback riding. You can also explore over hundreds of miles of forestry fire trails. A current negative coggins is required for all horses entering the park. Horses should be unloaded near the riding stable. Horse rentals are also available between the months of March and November. The park offers a 2.5-mile guided trail ride that takes approximately 40-50 minutes to complete. Children as young as seven years old can ride a horse alone. Children 3-6 can double with an adult.

  • Picnicking

    The park has picnic tables with grills and eleven picnic shelters located throughout the park. Drinking fountains, restrooms, playground equipment, and soft drink machines are available for the convenience of visitors. Three of the eleven picnic shelters may be reserved and can accommodate 50-75 people. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Tennis

    Recreational facilities at the park include fully equipped playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a lighted softball field, volleyball court, disc golf and lighted tennis courts.

  • Water Sports

    The park features an Olympic-plus-sized swimming pool and ample space for sunbathing. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer months. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend. There are two diving boards. All park public pools are closed on Monday and Tuesday, except Holiday weeks. Cabin and camping guests pay reduced price for admission to the pool.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, but some services are limited in the winter. There are no horse rentals in the winter, but all trails stay open year-round.

Directions

Driving

Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located approximately 31 miles east of Nashville in Wilson County. It is 6 miles south of I-40 on U.S. Highway 231 (State Route 10).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(615) 443-2769

Campground reservations

(615) 453-3027

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