January 1 – New Year’s Day Hike


Meet at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park Nature Center at 3:00 PM

Please join us for our annual “First Hike” at the Cedar Forest. We will begin our journey at the Nature Center exploring what Cedars of Lebanon State Park has to offer. After, we will venture through the Butterfly Garden down to Jackson Cave showcasing the park’s karst topography, and then continue towards Dixon Merritt Trail where we will hike the one mile loop. Finally, we will end our journey gathering around a cozy fire and sipping on hot chocolate at the “newly restored” Cedar Forest Lodge built in 1937.

Please come prepared for the weather and hiking. This hike is encouraged for all ages and free to the public. There is ADA accessibility at the Nature Center and the Cedar Forest Lodge, but not to the Cave and Dixon Merritt Trail.

This “First Hike” will also jump start our 80 hike series for 2017 celebrating our 80th anniversary as Cedars of Lebanon and TN State Parks. Please be on the lookout for our 80 hike series schedule and checklist in December!

Hope to see you at the Cedar Forest!


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Special Meeting – Thursday, 8 December 2016 @ 6:00 PM

The Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park has called for a special meeting to be held on Thursday, 8 December 2016 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at Cabin 13.

election-ahead-sign-375x250This meeting is to elect Officers for 2017. Beth and Fran have both expressed a desire to “pass the baton” after serving 3-years as President and Treasurer, respectively. The positions that will be voted upon are:

  • President (Nominee, Gary Moore)
  • Vice President (Greg Tomerlin is nominated to remain in that role)
  • Teasurer
  • Secretary (If Gary is not approved for the position of President he will be a nominee for Secretary)

Other nominees can be considered. If you would like to be considered for a position, or would like to nominate a person, please submit the following.

1. Name of nominee
2. Position being nominated to fill.
3. A brief explanation for making the nomination (Max 100 words or less)
4. Before submitting a nominee BE SURE that person is interested in the position.

The Board wvoteill consider all suggestions, finalize the list of nominees, and email a ballot list to all Friends Group members to fill in and bring to the meeting on 12/8/16. The Board reserves the right to approve all nominees, a process that could require an interview with Board members to determine eligibility.

Thank you for supporting Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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Scholarship Available for Upcoming 2017 TNP Class

The Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park is excited to offer one full tuition scholarship for the upcoming 2017 TN Naturalist Program class at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking the course but are not sure you can afford the fee, here is an opportunity for a free ride. For details see the flyer below.


If you have questions, please contact Ranger Bill Loewer at the email address provided on the flyer. Feel free to share.

.Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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