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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
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Cedars of Lebanon State Park © Amelia Booth
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Cedar Forest Lodge © Amelia Booth
Back Door View of the Cedar Forest Lodge
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Cedar Forest Lodge © Amelia Booth
This is the back view of the Cedar Forest Lodge
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Wide Open Spaces © Amelia Booth
An open gate inviting you wander down the gravel path. This little nook was a bird lovers paradise.
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Tennessee Purple Coneflower © Amelia Booth
The Tennessee Purple Coneflower is indeed making a comeback. These were found on the Cedar Glade Trail.
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Wild Potato Vine © Amelia Booth
What was thought to be a wild Morning Glory is indeed the Wild Potato Vine
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Wild Daisy © Amelia Booth
A little bug is busy at work on this little yellow daisy
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Black Eyed Susan © Amelia Booth
Gorgeous Black Eyed Susan
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Asiatic Dayflower © Amelia Booth
Wild Asiatic Dayflower
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Crossing The Bridge © Amelia Booth
Wooden bridge leading to a sink hole just behind the Lodge
Cedars of Lebanon State Park The Lodge © Amelia Booth
Cedar Forest Lodge
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Wild Purple Petunia © Amelia Booth
Wild Purple Petunia blooms in the Southern Summer Heat
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Purple Ironweed © Amelia Booth
Beautiful deep purple Ironweed growing along the path to the Cedar Forest Lodge
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328 Cedar Forest Road
Lebanon , Tennessee   37090

Phone: 615-443-2769
Reservations: 800-713-5180
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.
Meeting Rooms
A large assembly hall is available by reservation year-round for private use on a fee basis. This area can accommodate up to 250 people, tables and chairs are provided along with a large fireplace. There is a stage at one end of the facility and at the opposite end is a small kitchen equipped with sinks, refrigerator and a stove. There are soft drink machines in the building.

For reservation information call 615-443-2769.
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.
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.
Group Lodge

A modern group lodge, open year-round for organized groups, has a total sleeping capacity of 80 people. There are two dorms housing 20 bunkbeds in each and provides private restrooms and showers. The lodge has modern equipped 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. Catering is not available.
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.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located near Antioch, Hermitage and La Vergne

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.
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.


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
April 1 first park i remeber visiting.. by mike smith
park review stars; one to five we lived just 3 miles south of the park on summit hill rd in 65- 67 we used to go there quite often in fact the last time I remember there there were the log fences in the picnic areas which are still there.
February 27 Dangerous horses in Cedars Park by Scary horses
park review stars; one to five Cedars of Lebanon Park is beautiful, but never try riding, we almost died, horses was unattended, my husband and I had a lot of injuries and guides just sad oh sorry. Irresponsable people.
January 20 Stumbled onto the best hidden park inTn. by john
park review stars; one to five RVers from Ks. traveled Ok.,Tx.,AR.,La.,Ms.,Al.,NM.& Ky Cedars of Lebanon is a choice find! Great Nature center & Butterfly garden. Jewel of Tn.
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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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