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Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area

Birding Seasons:
Spring A+
Summer A
Fall A+
Winter B

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Site Description and Habitats

Couchville Cedar Glade SNA is a relatively small natural area (122 acres), however its beauty and diversity in wildlife makes the site a treat. A mile long hiking trail loops through one of the best examples of a cedar glade left in middle Tennessee. Extensive bare rock intermixed with grasses and wildflowers are the highlight at this site.

Bird species of interest

Common Nighthawk, Chuck-wills-widow, and migrant species listed above as most breed on site

Resident birds

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Other wildlife viewing opportunities
Butterflies can be abundant. Tennessee Coneflower (recently delisted from the Endangered Species List) blooms in abundance in May and June.

Detailed directions for birding Couchville Cedar Glade SNA
From I-40 exit on Highway 171 and go south on South Mount Juliet Rd. for about six miles then bear left onto South Mt Juliet Rd. The parking area is one half mile on the right. From I-24, exit at Old Hickory (southeast Nashville near Hickory Hollow Mall) and proceed east for approximately 12 miles. Turn right at South Mt Juliet Rd about one and one half miles past the Long Hunter State Park entrance. The parking area is one half mile on the right.

From the parking lot, there is a loop trail that travels through the natural area. Stay on the trail and enjoy the birds and wildflowers.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Parking lot: 36.10122, -86.52944

Fees and Hours
Open year round, daylight hours.

No fees for use.

No restrooms are available.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)
Bureau of State Parks, Long Hunter State Park
2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

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