Couchville Glade Sunset Ramble - Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area

HIKE STATS:
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Place: Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area parking lot
Hike Distance: 1 mile
Estimated Event Time: 90 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Hike Leader: Jason

This is an opportunity to visit one of Tennessee's most unique ecosystems: the Couchville Cedar Glade. This desert-like area is home to the once federally endangered Tennessee Coneflower, which is now in full bloom. Some of the other rare and unusual wildflowers along this trail include Gattinger's Lobelia, Limestone Fameflower, Tennessee Milk Vetch, Golden St. Johnswort, Nashville Breadroot, Indian Pink, and Gattinger's Prairie Clover. This glade also features Tennessee's only native cactus: the Prickly Pear.

In addition to searching for wildflowers, we'll discuss the ecology of the cedar glade and what makes it so unique. As evening nears, we'll be keeping an eye out for one of Couchville Cedar Glade's most unusual residents: the Common Nighthawk. We'll hopefully hear two other members of the "nightjar" bird family: Whippoorwills and Chuck-Will's-Widows. We also occasionally hear frogs and coyotes at Couchville Glade near dusk. This area often features one of the most beautiful sunset viewing locations in the park.

Keep in mind that this will not be a fast-paced hike; we'll be stopping frequently for nature interpretation and discussion. Feel free to ask questions about anything you see during the walk.

No pets, please. Kids are welcome. Don't forget insect repellent.

Directions to Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area:
From Nashville, take I-40 East to Mt. Juliet Road (Exit 226-A). Go south (right) for about 5 miles, then turn left on South Mt. Juliet Road as if you are going to Bryant Grove Recreation Area. (There will be a sign with arrows pointing toward Bryant Grove Recreation Area and the Mountain Bike Trail.) Go about a half-mile on South Mt. Juliet Road and look for Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area (and the small gravel parking lot) on the right.

Or, take I-24 east to Old Hickory Boulevard (Exit 62). Go north (left) on SR-171 for about 8 miles, then turn right on South Mt. Juliet Road as if you are going to the Bryant Grove Recreation Area. (There will be a sign with arrows pointing toward Bryant Grove Recreation Area and the Mountain Bike Trail.) Go about a half-mile on South Mt. Juliet Road and look for Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area (and the small gravel parking lot) on the right.

Although Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area doesn't have a street address, the closest "official" address is 6069 S. Mt. Juliet Rd., Hermitage, TN 37076. The driveway for this address is approximately 50 feet past the Couchville Cedar Glade parking lot.

You can find a map of Couchville Cedar Glade here: http://www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/couchville/couchville.pdf

For further directions or park information, call the park office at[masked]-2422.


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  • Amy P

    Very enjoyable hike! The cedar glade is uniquely beautiful, and Jason, thank you for your time and enthusiasm in leading our hike, and talking to us about the plants, wildflowers, and birds. I highly enjoyed it!

    June 26, 2013

    • Jason A.

      Thanks, Amy! I had a great time, too - such a nice group of people and lots of enthusiasm. Hope to hike with you again soon.

      June 26, 2013

  • V W.

    My first hike with the group -- a very pleasant "ramble" & we're a very lucky group if all the guides are as knowledgable as Jason.

    June 26, 2013

    • Jason A.

      Thanks for the kind words - glad you enjoyed your first hike with the group! Hope to see you on the trails again soon...

      June 26, 2013

  • Cathi C.

    Work calls, unfortunately - hope someone can use my spot with this late notice!

    June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure, Cathy I would like to ... How do I ?

      June 26, 2013

  • Natalie

    I was moved up from waiting list ; I but can't attend.

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to get in, if anybody in attendee list dropping out; or if one extra could be adjusted into the list; please let me know.

    June 26, 2013

  • Melissha Tia Ellen S.

    I've made other plans now. I'd really be pressed for time. Love to attend next time. Please, allow someone to take my spot. Cheers!

    June 25, 2013

  • Amanda M.

    Please take me off wait list. I won't be able to make the hike if a place opens. :-(

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope I get to go

    June 25, 2013

  • Debbie

    How do I get off of the waitlist? I have to work tomorrow so I won't be able to go even if a spot opens up?

    June 25, 2013

  • Amanda M.

    Didn't realize that spots for this are limited. If anyone has to drop out :( please let me know. I really would like to do this walk. Thanks!

    June 20, 2013

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