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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.

hiking
10 days ago

From the tall cedars to the numerous sinks and the eroded limestone bluffs and boulders, there is so much to see here! I was very pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this trail as the crumbling roadbed at the beginning gives no hint of the natural wonders that lay beyond. The only drawback for me was that I was eaten alive by mosquitoes DESPITE coating myself in bug spray first. Where the Vesta Glade trail had me running away from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park, this trail has made me want to return and explore more of what the park has to offer.

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked this trail nearly a month ago, and I am still a little mad about it. There are no facilities at the trailhead with just enough room for maybe 2 cars to sqeeze into the gravel parking area, and to be honest, the drive to get to the trailhead feels creepy with rundown houses and handwritten signs about hunting hanging up with almost no other signs of life. If you need to use the restroom, your last opportunity will be the gas stations off exit 232 from I-40 about 10 miles away from the trailhead. This isn't a big deal and not why I was upset. This trail is simply not well-maintained with very little traffic- sort of a chicken-or-the-egg scenario. If more people used it, it would be a lovely trail, but because parts of it are overgrown and there are SO MANY SPIDERS few people use it. A hike on relatively flat land that should have taken me no more than an hour to complete took me nearly 2 hours because I was swinging a stick in front of me the entire time knocking down spider webs (and I'm not exagerating here) every 4-6 feet. Sometimes I would knock down a web and just a foot or two behind it would be ANOTHER web. I probably looked like those people in movies where someone is whacking things with a machete to get through a jungle. I thought about turning back several times or trying to cut through a field to get to Moccasin Lane and walk back to my car, but I was too determined to quit and the field from the trail to the road was too thick to walk through. Again, the woods and wildflower fields are probably quite nice, but I feel like I barely saw any of it trying to not be attacked by Lord of the Rings style spiders the whole time. The most rewarding part was near the end of the trail where there are a few sinks and the remnant of an old stone wall from a farm left over from over a century ago. Part of me wants to go back to see if it is as bad as I remember it, but there are so many other trails to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail. Nothing particularly special. Some parts are marked really well, some are not. Ungodly amount of spider webs that you have to walk into. Would definitely do this in the fall so it’s less humid and “buggy” next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk through the woods. lovely cedars aroma. sinks and limestone features. Nice picnic area at trailhead. Easy trail for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Very overgrown and buggy. Not much to see here except a walk in the woods. It wasn’t my favorite trail I’ve hiked.

trail running
1 month ago

Did this trail yesterday with my 3 kids. Nice easy trail. I kept doubling back to check on my kids. Wide trail that was graveled at the beginning. It was felt like a field the majority of the trail. Great trail for kids.

nice and easy!

Great place for flowers!

hiking
2 months ago

It is nice place to hiking but it is not kept up u can’t walk through there all grown up spiders all through trail we walked in the spider webs got spiders all on us surprise we didn’t get bit

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail mostly flat we will come back again

I’ll agree with many of the other reviewers who have said its pretty much just a walk through the woods. It’s nice though! The cedars are beautiful (& smell nice), and there are a bunch of wildflowers all around. My dogs really enjoyed it. We didn’t see many people yesterday, which was also nice!

hiking
2 months ago

More like 3.5 stars because this is basically a pleasant but forgettable walk thru the woods. There are a few limestone ‘sinks’ and springs along the way, but nothing remarkable. By no means is this a bad or disappointing trail, instead it’s an easy 4.2 mile well-marked loop with a few stretches of tedium balanced by wildflowers and cedar glades.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail, there were a ton of wildflowers and butterflies and some terrain and fauna changes along the way. Be careful of the sinkholes though, and know it may be quite wet and muddy during the wet season or right after a rain. I like listening to audiobooks while I hike, so it didn't feel too long or tedious, but on my own without any distraction, it would have been pretty boring. Took me about 2 hours to finish.

hiking
3 months ago

At 57 and New to hiking it was an enjoyable hike. I went there with my girlfriend and my son a US Marine so it was a cake walk for him lol.

Great hike

hiking
3 months ago

Majority of trail is single track, overgrown brush and grass. Consider it a quiet walk thru the woods. Lots of sink holes that are hidden by overgrowth so watch your kids and don’t wander too far off the trail. My app and watch tracked the loop at 4 miles, not 5, but perhaps I made a wrong turn somewhere. I’m guessing it might be prettier after a nice rainfall. Not being from the area, I’m easily impressed by any greenery and nature. However, if you’re limited on time, I feel there are much better hikes around TN that are easy but still offer spectacular scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy walk. Nice sink holes and hidden - I'd call it a well. The trail is pretty well maintained and marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Just a walk in the woods..

very easy hike

Good day hike for some time in the woods. Not much to it, kid friendly but not recommended if it has rained recently. Expect wet/muddy conditions in several spots.

hiking
7 months ago

Ok peeps this is really a good tune up trail and would be great for the kids. Parking lot will only fit 3 car at a time but you could park on the side of the road. Not a difficult trail relatively flat with a few rocky areas here in there. Never saw any wild dogs or any this that would scare anyone. This trail just need to be hiked.

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail when it has not been rain as much as it has. Will be going back.

Great family hiking trail if you have younger children.

hiking
8 months ago

Mostly a walk through the woods. Trail was fairly well marked. Saw limestone formations and sink holes. No rivers. Terrain was easy.

This is an easy little stroll. We took our 17 month old and let him walk mostly on his own (some areas we picked him up or made him hold our hand when close to drops or over larger rocks). Otherwise, a quick easy hike with about 3 main rock formations.

No river. Very overgrown in some parts. Easy to lose the trail markers. Would not recommend.

I recommend this trail in the spring when all of the flowers are blooming. It is nice for exercise.

hiking
11 months ago

Cool little trail with lots of rock formations (sinks).

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

There wasn't a river, but there were some cool looking sink holes. Nice places to rest and enjoy lunch.

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