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Some rock formation in the park along the Dixon Marritt Trail, which was a well maintained trail and short as well.
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Cedars of Lebanon State Park

328 Cedar Forest Road Lebanon, Tennessee 37090
Open summer 8:00am-10:00pm & winter 8:00am-8:00pm
615-443-2769 3 hours
October 2011 Summer, Fall, Spring
$0-9 Lebanon Tennessee
Website Nature State Parks
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Cedars of Lebanon State Park is a 1,200 acre park that was established in 1955. The park borders a state forest, and together the two properties are about 10,000 acres. The park's primary habitat is called cedar glades, which is characterized by thin layers of soil on a porous limestone bedrock and is also home to a number of rare and endemic plants. The main recreational activities here are hiking, horseback riding, and camping. Facilities include a seasonal swimming pool, nature center, cabins and a couple of meeting halls.

The park stemmed from New Deal programs in the 1930s in which denuded land was acquired by the US Government and then rehabilitated and repurposed for conservation. A few park structures were built by civilian relief programs of that era including a beautiful stone lodge now used for group events. Tennessee acquired the park and adjacent forest lands in 1955.

There were only a handful of hikers and horseback riders at the park on a sunny, cool day in the fall. As for the trails, the Limestone Sinks Trail and Cedar Glade Trail were each under a mile and easy. An interpretive guide was available for the Limestone Sinks Trail, but the trail was overgrown in places and dull. The Cedar Glades Trail was more interesting with some informative signs about local plants and trees, including the park’s namesake Eastern Red Cedar Tree. The Hidden Springs Trail is a longer 5 mile hike that leads to remoter areas. It was easy and flat but also overgrown in spots. Due to time constraints, only about half of this trail was hiked. Camping is popular here during the spring and fall. Summer can get too hot and winter too cold. The interpretive center was closed at the time, but the park will open it upon request. There are also many caves and some may be opened to the public for caving beginning in late 2014. Cedars of Lebanon was a quiet place, and the limestone and glades landscape was moderately interesting. While the park can work for a secluded hike or horseback ride, with generally flat hiking trails and limited facilities, it will have only modest appeal for most people.
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