Located near J. Percy Priest Lake, Cedars of Lebanon State Park is in Wilson County. The area is filled with Eastern Red Cedar trees, which reminded early settlers of the Biblical cedar forests growing in Mount Lebanon. Thus, Cedars of Lebanon got its name.
Botanists discovered ecosystems that are unique in a natural setting around the park and forest in the 1940s. These natural rock gardens are known as cedar glades. These glades come into existence from rock coming so close to the ground’s surface the soil is very thin or even absent.
The absence of soil has created holes and cracks that are impacted by the weather and seasons. Throughout time, water has seeped into the holes and cracks, resulting in an unusual habitat. The park is home to 19 rare and endangered species of plants.
Amenities of the park include:
- Restrooms with showers
- Picnic tables
- Electric and water hookups
- Tent and RV camping
- Hiking Trails
There are eight miles of hiking trails that lead through the glades and forests of cedar trees. All picnic tables have a grill. The park has 11 picnic shelters available for groups. Three shelters can be reserved for a nominal fee.
Equestrian trails are available in the park. Overnight boarding is available in the park. There are also horses available for rent. To learn more about the park, call (800) 713-5180.
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
328 Cedar Forest Rd.
Lebanon, Tennessee 37090
615-443-2769 Park Office
Here is a cool video of camping at Cedars Of Lebanon State Park:
Photo courtesy of Michael Hicks on flickr.