Description - 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 that are used for intensive recreation.
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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
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. The little soil that exists, builds up along cracks and potholes in the limestone slab. Water and surface temperatures vary so much throughout the year that a harsh, dessert-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.
- 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.
Other points of interest are The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, Sam Davis Home, Battle of Murfreesburo National Battlefield and the Dover Downs Nascar Speedway.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.
Recreation - Swimming, hiking and camping activities are available throughout the park.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
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).