Protected Glades You Can Visit

There are quite a large number of glades which have been preserved for the public to visit. Most of these are managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). They have an excellent website which lists all of their natural areas and are now building pages to describe each of these sites.

The map below (adapted from the map on the TDEC site) shows the glades which they manage. Note that they are all in the Central Basin


  • 9. Cedars of Lebanon State Forest
  • 12. Couchville Cedar Glade
  • 16. Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade
  • 20. Flat Rock Cedar Glade and Barrens
  • 22. Gattingers Cedar Glade
  • 38. Mount View Glade
  • 53. Sneed Road Cedar Glade
  • 55. Stones River Cedar Glade
  • 57. Sunnybell Cedar Glade
  • 60. Vesta Cedar Glade
  • 61. Vine Cedar Glade



The Federal Government also manages several glades.

  • The US Army Corps of Engineers has laid out a self-guided nature trail on the shores of Percy Priest Lake called Three Hickories. The trail passes a glade and other karst features. A map and field guide is available on the internet.
  • At the Stones River National Battlefield, the National Park Service manages an area containing many glades and is in the process of restoring a glade.