Address and Phone:
328 Cedar Forest Rd.
Lebanon, TN 37090
Phone: (615) 443-2769
Fax: (615) 443-2793
Toll Free: 800-713-5180
Hours Open to the Public:
Summer 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.-----Winter 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Active Military, Senior Citizen Discount
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Cedars of Lebanon State Park, in Tennessee’s Central Basin, was named by settlers who saw in the dense cedar forest a reminder of the Biblical Cedars of Lebanon. The park and forest were established as a resettlement park when the federal government bought depleted farmland in 1937 and resettled the residents. The Works Progress Administration handled the building of park, and the structures in the park are now on National Register of Historic Places. Cedar trees had been lumbered out but were replanted during this time. Photographer Carl Mydans was known his work during this period.
Today, the park contains 900 acres for recreation and 8,100 acres of State Forest and Natural Area land. The terrain is classified as Karst topography, characterized by sinkholes, springs, caves, including Jackson Cave and Hermit Cave, limestone outcropping, disappearing springs and underground drainage. The Merritt Nature Center features exhibits on geology and natural features of the park.
The Cedar Glades have endemic species of wildflowers, a 10,000-acre Cedar Forest Stand and a new species of grasshopper named after Park Ranger Ingram. Water and surface temperatures vary so much throughout the year that a harsh, desert-like, inhospitable habitat creates its own unique plant community. Nineteen rare and endangered species of plants grow profusely here and nowhere else in the world.
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) Exit 238.
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Looking for a day of fun and frolic? Here's a quick list of nearby attractions that you may enjoy.
Date: Dec 12, 2013
Oaklands Historic House Museum's Home School Holiday Tour
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Date: Dec 13, 2013
A Night of Live Music and Fantastic Food at the hip, historic Commodore Hotel
Location: Linden, TN
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