Located in Wilson County, Cedars of Lebanon State Park is part of the greater Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. The area got its name because of the Eastern Red Cedar trees that dominate the landscape. For early American settlers, these trees provoked images of the Cedar forests that once covered biblical Mount Lebanon.
Becoming a state park in 1955, the 900-acre park has since grown to include several modern amenities and offerings including watersports, horseback riding, a disc golf course, and RV-equipped campsites. Sprinkled throughout Cedars of Lebanon State Park are 117 campsites.
These all come standard with full grills, electrical hookups, plumbing, and shaded picnic areas. In addition to these standard sites, Cedars of Lebanon State Park also offers 30 pop-up campsites available with full RV hookups and sewage disposal. In 1991, an 80-person capacity group lodge was built for events.
Every one of these units is available for rental on the Tennessee State Parks's website. Canines are allowed in and around the outdoor campsites, although they are prohibited from any indoor structures. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Over eight miles of hiking trails winding through Cedars of Lebanon State Park, and they are all open year-round.
Wildlife can frequently be seen, including families of deer, fox, turkey, and other small game like mice or rabbits. All of these trails are marked at both ends, although visitors are still urged to pick up a trail map upon entering the park. Canines can be taken on these trails provided they stay on a 6-foot leash or shorter.
As these paths are heavily populated, owners should use the best judgment when considering bringing their pets along. New in 2018, an Olympic-sized swimming pool has been added for public use. Swimming season opens May 28th. Admission is $5 for a daily pass, and children under age two are free. Sorry, no dogs allowed!