Cedars of Lebanon is within a 10,000-acre state forest in the states’ Inner Central Basin. Characterized by thin limestone soils and little surface water, the area is forested with eastern red cedar or by hardwoods on low hills or where deep soils occur. Forests are interspersed with extensive level open cedar glades, unique habitats that support rare or endemic plants, and attract birds of open country such as indigo bunting, prairie warbler, field sparrow and yellow-breasted chat. Adjacent oak-hickory woods are home to forest species such as barred and eastern screech owl, tanagers, vireos, and several warblers. Over 121 species have been recorded. For more park and nearby birding locations, view flyer.
Cedar Run Trail: 36.08537, -86.32484, Year-round
1.90 Miles, Natural Surface, Easy
From trailhead next to Jackson Cave, this trail traverses cedar woods edges containing former farm ponds, sinkholes, and the interior of an ongoing prairie restoration project area managed by prescribed fire.
Featured Birds: summer tanager, prairie warbler, common yellowthroat, yellow-breasted chat, field sparrow, indigo bunting, eastern towhee, red-tailed hawk, wild turkey, common nighthawk, American woodcock.
Dixon Merritt Trail: 36.08595, -86.32433, Spring, Summer, Fall
0.90 Miles, Natural Surface, Easy
This trail begins in the picnic area next to Cedar Forest Lodge and winds through young woodlands and by a large spring.
Featured Birds: yellow-billed cuckoo, Kentucky and various warblers, Carolina wren, red-shouldered hawk, eastern screech-owl, blue-gray gnatcatcher, tufted titmouse, red-headed woodpecker in the picnic area.
Hidden Springs Trail (south portion/road): 36.07694, -86.31624, Spring, Summer, Fall
3.50 Miles, Natural/Paved Surface, Easy
When starting at the picnic area and using Susie Warren Trail/Cedar Forest Road, the route travels through oak-hickory forest, large open cedar glade, and road edge.
Featured Birds: white-eyed, red-eyed and yellow-throated vireos, black and white warblers, ovenbird, Cooper’s hawk, eastern whip-poor-will, great-crested flycatcher, wood thrush, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, chuck-will’s-widow (look for red eyeshine along the edge of the road).