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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
CEDARS OF LEBANON STATE PARK
CEDARS OF LEBANON STATE PARK
328 Cedar Forest Rd.
Lebanon , Tennessee   37090

Phone: 615-443-2769
Reservations: 800-713-5180
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
'Asiatic Dayflower'
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Wild Asiatic Dayflower

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'Crossing The Bridge'
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Wooden bridge leading to a sink hole just behind the Lodge

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'The Lodge'
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Cedar Forest Lodge

Cedars of Lebanon State Park
'Cedar Forest Lodge'
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This is the back view of the Cedar Forest Lodge

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
'Purple Ironweed'
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Beautiful deep purple Ironweed growing along the path to the Cedar Forest Lodge

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'Wide Open Spaces'
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An open gate inviting you wander down the gravel path. This little nook was a bird lovers paradise.

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'Cedar Forest Lodge'
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Back Door View of the Cedar Forest Lodge

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'Wild Purple Petunia'
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Wild Purple Petunia blooms in the Southern Summer Heat

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'Wild Potato Vine'
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What was thought to be a wild Morning Glory is indeed the Wild Potato Vine

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'Wild Daisy'
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A little bug is busy at work on this little yellow daisy

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'Black Eyed Susan'
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Gorgeous Black Eyed Susan

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'Tennessee Purple Coneflower'
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The Tennessee Purple Coneflower is indeed making a comeback. These were found on the Cedar Glade Trail.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park is named for the dense cedar forest that existed in the Biblical lands of Lebanon. The park contains 900 acres which 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.
Nature of the Area
Beginning in the 1940's botanists began to notice 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. What little soil is there builds up along 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 no where else in the world.
History of the Area
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 1800's, 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 cedar forest. This forest (although it actually consists of juniper trees mistaken for cedars by the first arrivals) suggested to these pioneers the biblical name of the 'place of Cedars'. Lebanon is the closest town and was named by these early settlers due to this association.
Cabins
Cedars of Lebanon has nine modern, two-bedroom cabins that can sleep up to six people. Each cabin is fully equipped for housekeeping. Cabins also have televisions and a pay phone can be found close by. Cabins can be reserved up to a year in advance with reservations being made through the park office up to a year in advance.

Deluxe AAA Cabins:The deluxe cabins are fully furnished with two bedrooms, complete kitchen, living area, and one bathroom. The first bedroom is on the ground floor and has a double bed. The second bedroom is on the upper floor, and it also has a double bed. There is also a loft with an extra double bed. 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 television, two couches, and a fireplace with gas logs. All linens and towels are provided.

Standard AA Cabin:The standard cabin is also fully furnished with one bedroom, complete kitchen, living area, and one bathroom. The bedroom has one double bed and the living area has one cozy couch. There is a television in the living area. The kitchen has a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee maker, and is equipped with cooking utensils. All linen and towels are provided and this cabin is equipped with a laundry room. Also, there is a fireplace with gas logs.

Standard A Cabin:This cabin has a combined bedroom and living area. This area has one double bed, television, and one couch. The kitchen is fully furnished with a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee maker, and all cooking utensils. There is one bathroom with only a shower, no bathtub. All linens are provided. The cabin also has a fireplace with gas logs.

To make cabin reservations, call 800-713-5180.
Camping
The park has 117 campsites, all with picnic tables and grills, electric and water hookups. There are 30 tent and pop-up sites available. Three bathhouses provide hot showers, lavatories and commodes. There is a campstore (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.

Campstore: 615-453-3027

No primitive camping.
Swimming
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 week-end. There are two diving boards.

Contact the park for information on pool rental for parties. For more information call 615-443-2769.


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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 accomodate from 50-75 people. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

For more picnic information call 615-443-2769.
Trails
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. 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.

Open fires are prohibited on all trails and no motorized vehicles are allowed.

Trails:

Cedar Forest Trail: 2 miles (easy)

Dixon Merrit Trail: .5 miles (easy)

Limestone Sinks: self guided trail, .5 miles (easy)

Hidden Springs Trail: 5 miles (easy)
Nature Programs
The Merritt Nature Center features exhibits on geology and natural features of the park. It is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday during the on-season. The Nature Center may be opened during the off-season by special arrangement with the park's naturalist.

The park naturalist and recreation director conduct programs daily throughout the summer months, including arts and crafts, hayrides, guided tours, campfire sessions, evening movies and organized games. For more information call 615-453-3028.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 25 Great state park by Zinger
Very nice park for being older. Wish they would reopen the camp store and also take reservations. CLEAN!!
May 6 One of our favorite TN state parks by Rich
Nice park, lots to do , very freindly staff. Sites very nice and plentiful...dump site often congested in mornings. Could use some tree trimming in main camping area as larger rigs are prone to run into tree in order to negotiate turns.
August 6 Family Reunion 2006 by Patricia Cross
We had a family reunion a few years ago. All but one cabin was rented by our family and it was beautiful. We had so much fun we are all thinking about visiting next year again and doing the hiking, horse back riding (my favorite) and the cave was excellent. The family had a blast with that one. Anyone who visits will be sure to have a great time. Not too far from Nashville and some small towns. The workers were great people to greet and talk with. Thank you for such a great time.
July 4 Great Park close to home
We live in Nashville and while traveling back from another park decided to check it out for a later date but ended up staying the night we liked it so much. The camp store doesnt offer much but there is a small grocery right outside the campground, and a wal mart 9 miles outside the gates. Bathrooms were very clean and the campsites were all well maintained. There were regular patrols by the rangers and all the staff was very nice. Pay attention when you are looking at the sites whether there will be shade during the hot parts of the day however. A very nice park.
August 6 A Wonderful Park
Cedars is a quaint rustic style park with a great pool, good pull through campsites that are well maintained, and a wonderful Ranger staff.


Area Campgrounds

Countryside Resort
2100 Safari Camp Road
Lebanon, TN
615-449-5527


Stonegate RV Park
699 Stonegate Drive
Mt. Juliet, TN
615-758-2219


Nashville I-24 Campground
1130 Rocky Fork Road
Smyrna, TN
615-459-5818


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Ed's Bait & Tackle
8216 Florence Rd
Smyrna, TN
(615) 459-2569


Lebanon Hunting & Fishing
310 S College St
Lebanon, TN
(615) 449-3515


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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).

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