Natural Areas - Middle Region
Cedars of Lebanon
Cedars of Lebanon State Forest Natural Area is a 1,043-acre natural area in Wilson County and is part of the 9,420-acre Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. The land was first acquired under the Federal Resettlement Administration during the depression in 1935 and was one of the first natural areas designated in 1974.
Couchville Cedar Glade
Couchville Cedar Glade is a 128-acre natural area in Davidson and Wilson Counties and is contiguous with the east boundary of Long Hunter State Park. Couchville supports one of the largest known and best quality populations of the Tennessee coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis).
Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens
Flat Rock Cedar Glade and Barrens is an 846-acre natural are in Rutherford County. Flat Rock supports a mosaic of forest types, oak barrens, open grassland barrens, and cedar glades, including federal and state listed plant species and glade endemic species.
John & Hester Lane Cedar Glades
The John and Hester Lane Cedar Glades is a 45 acre natural area located in Wilson County within the Central Basin Physiographic Province. The natural area is near the Vine community and is located just west of Highway 231 approximately half way between the cities of Murfreesboro and Lebanon.
Manus Road Cedar Glade
Manus Road is a 22-acre natural area located in Rutherford County. It has a population of rare and endemic plants that include the federally endangered Pyne's ground plum (Astragalus bibullatus), evolvulus (Evolvulus nuttallianus) and Tennessee milk-vetch (Astragalus tennesseensis).
Montgomery Bell is a 600-acre natural area in Dickson County and is comprised of two tracts of high quality oak-hickory forest nested within the 5,000-acre Montgomery Bell State Park. These tracts are noted to provide the best known example of representative oak-hickory forest ecosystems on the Western Highland Rim in Tennessee.
Overbridge is a 70-acre natural area located in Rutherford County. It supports a globally rare Middle Tennessee cedar glade ecosystem that provides habitat for six state listed plant species, as well as, leafy prairie clover (Dalea foliosa) and Pyne's ground plum (Astragalus bibullatus), which are both federally endangered plant species.
Short Mountain-Jim Cummings Designated State Natural Area is a 500-acre privately owned natural area at the top of Short Mountain in Cannon County. Short Mountain is located on the western margin of the Eastern Highland Rim but is an outlier of the Cumberland Plateau.
Walterhill Floodplain is a 34-acre natural area located in Rutherford County. It is uniquely different from most natural areas in that it is primarily comprised of an agricultural field. Its main function is to protect, maintain, and restore a healthy population of the Stones River bladderpod (Lesquerella stonensis).