Vesta Glade Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Vesta Cedar Glade is one of Tennessee's newest additions to its state-natural-area holdings. Located on the southern edge of Cedars of Lebanon State Forest in Wilson County, this little-visited area deserves more attention. It harbors parts of the globally rare cedar glades and offers wildflowers throughout the warm season, including the federally endangered Tenessee coneflower. For residents of Middle Tennessee, especially southeast of Nashville, cedar glades may seem a dime a dozen. In fact, the nearest town to Vesta Glade is called Gladeville.
However, when you view cedar glades and barrens from a global perspective, these plant communities are extremely rare and occur nowhere else on the planet. Even on this preserve, parts of them are fenced off from the public to limit access and protect the resource. As greater Nashville grows, these glades become developed. So, it is important that areas such as Vesta Cedar Glade be added to the Tennesee State Natural Areaas program. It is also important that we visit such places, not only to personally appreciate them but also to let those who run these programs know their efforts are worthwhile. Scenery: Cedar forests, open glades, hardwood forests."