Cedars of Lebanon State Park - Lebanon, TN - Tennessee State Parks

Welcome to Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located in Wilson County and is part of the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. The park is named for Eastern Red Cedar trees found throughout the area. The trees reminded early American settlers of the famed Biblical cedar forests that thrived across Mount Lebanon in what is now the Mediterranean area.  Cedars of Lebanon became a state park in 1955. In the 1940s, botanists noticed unique natural ecosystems 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. The small amount of soil that does exist along the cracks and potholes in the limestone slab, has been built up over many years. 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. Eight miles of hiking trails meander through the cedar forests and glades. There are four trails in the park where you may catch a glimpse of fox, deer, squirrel, rabbits and turkey throughout the park. Picnicking is another popular activity. All picnic tables are equipped with grills and there are also 11 picnic shelters located throughout the park. Three of the picnic shelters can be reserved for a fee. The 900 acre park has 117 campsites equipped with picnic tables and grills, electric and water hookups. There are an additional 30 tent and pop-up campsites available. A modern group lodge, open year-round for organized groups, has a total sleeping capacity of 80 people.

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CAMPING
The park has a total of 87 campsites, all with picnic tables, grills and electric and water hookups. There are also 30 tent and pop-up sites available. Three bathhouses provide hot showers, lavatories and commodes. There is a laundromat and a dumping station for self-contained camping rigs. The campground is open year-round. Maximum stay is two weeks. No primitive camping at Cedars.

CABINS
Cedars of Lebanon has nine two bedroom cabins accommodating up to five people. They are fully furnished with a complete kitchen, living area and one bathroom. There is a Queen bed downstairs, a King bed upstairs, and a twin in the loft.
Each cabin is fully equipped for housekeeping. The kitchen has a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffeemaker and all cooking utensils. Visitors only need to bring their own groceries. The living area has a flat screen television, two couches and a fireplace with gas logs. All linens and towels are provided.

DISC GOLF COURSE
Cedars of Lebanon disc golf course is one of the first courses in the State. It was designed with help from the "Father of Disc Golf," Ed Headrick, in 1977. It is an 18-hole short course landscaped through cedar woods with limestone karst topography. The throws are short but techical. The course stays busy year round and is used frequently by local disc golfers.

HIKING
Eight miles of hiking trails meander through the forests and glades. Hiking trails are open year-round. Visitors frequently enjoy glimpses of fox, deer, squirrel, rabbits and turkey throughout the park. Each trail is blazed with a rectangular colored blaze-mark located on trees along the trail. Please note the color of the blaze-mark for the trail that you hike. Remember to stay on the trail for your own safety. Trail maps are available in the park office.
Cedar Forest Trail: 2 miles - Natural Surface - Easy
Dixon Merrit Trail: .5 miles - Easy
Limestone Sinks: self guided trail, .5 miles - Easy
Hidden Springs Trail: 5 miles - Easy

SWIMMING
The pool opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27.
Memorial Day to August 1
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM
August 1 to Labor Day
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Admission is $4 per person ages two and older. Admission is half price for campers and cabin guests. The Olympic-sized pool is 12 feet deep with a diving board. The pool is a popular location for pool parties. For complete information, including prices and availabililty, please call the park.

BIRDING
Birds seen or heard in or near glades include Prairie Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Chuck-Will’s-Widow, as well as other typical mid-south field and forest dwellers.

HORSEBACK RIDING
Cedars of Lebanon State Park offers 12.5 miles of marked trails for horseback riding. You can also explore hundreds of miles of forestry fire trails in the joining State Forest. A current negative Coggins is required for all horses entering the park. Horses should be unloaded near the riding stables. Please note: the riding stable at Cedars is closed indefinitely, but visitors may still bring their own horse.

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328 Cedar Forest Rd
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