S6E3 – Cedars of Lebanon State Park

We chose this park for the our first camping adventure with our 4 and 6 year old grandsons as it has a big swimming pool, a couple of interesting short trails and even a cave to explore. It’s only 45 minutes drive from our house so we could easily bail out earlier than the planned three nights it the weather or the boys didn’t cooperate.

We arrived Tuesday mid-afternoon on a sunny 80 degree day and were all set up and ready for fun by 3:30. All the extra stuff we brought for the kids plus the need to keep an eye on them did extend the setup time just a tad. Our “About the Trailer” page has been updated with details about the stuff we added to be able to take the kids camping.

Then off to the pool until dinnertime, a walk around the camp ground after dinner, s’mores over the campfire and four very tired people hit the sack early.


Wednesday morning we hiked the Limestone Sink trail, all 0.4 miles of it. Actually it was perfect for the little boys as it was short enough that we could explore the sink holes and stop to check out interesting rocks and bugs along the way.

We promised lunch at the pool snack bar and then a swim. Fortunately we arrived ten minutes before two school bus loads of kids came streaming in. No wait for our food but by the time we finished eating the pool was full of screaming splashing adolescents. We tried swimming but Luke and Will were intimidated by all the “big” kids. They moved to the baby pool but soon got bored and wanted to go back to the campsite.

We all chilled for a couple of hours then went back to the pool. The busses were gone and we all had fun swimming until dinner time. Food, campground walk, campfire with s’mores, bedtime; an exact repeat of yesterday evening. Sweet four year old William allowed as how today was the second best day of his life. (Best day was when he got his fidget spinner!)

After our usual lazy start, Thursday morning brought tours of the nature center, native flower garden and best of all, Jackson cave.

It goes in about 1500′ but gets muddy just a short distance in.  The mud plus the 3′ high ceiling kept Sue and I out but the boys wanted to explore. I couldn’t believe they were brave enough to go in as far as they did.

We spent some time at athe playground after lunch then went back to the pool about 3:30 when the crowds had left.

Then another perfect kid camping evening of dinner, walk, s’mores, story and bed.  Luke was asleep before  the end of the story.

Friday morning brought rain until about 8:30. The trailer got pretty small and steamy so we packed up as soon as the rain stopped. Home before noon. The kids want to go again so the trip was a success!

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7 thoughts on “S6E3 – Cedars of Lebanon State Park

  1. I just LOVE this story! It reminds me of a trip I took with my sister when My Luke and Mat were 1 and going on 3. So perfect! Can’t wait to see you two! 💗

  2. Denny, I opened this post and I thought I was looking at a picture someone may have taken of our Snoozie and Clam.  I used the clam as my kitchen most of the way.  Worked great.  My husband and I left NYS Adirondack home on October 1, last year, 2016. We just got back in June.  I had to insulate for the winter months but it worked.  Love our trailer but I never saw another one on our trip.  We stayed a few days in Mousetail state campgrounds in TN.  LOVED IT!  Interested in your upgrades. I am noticing there is no longer a Snoozie site.  Do you have any idea what is going on with it or the businesses? Great to see your post, Pat Purtell 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

    • Hi Pat. Thanks for reading. Snoozy is thriving, they have a ten months order backlog. Company website works fine. So does lil snoozy owners club site.

      The clam with a couple of RV mats for a floor is a great addition.

  3. Ok, so… All kids should have the two of you as Grandparents! Amazing photos too. Thanks for sharing! See you both soon, Di

    On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 11:22 AM, Wandering Our Way wrote:

    > Denny posted: “We chose this park for the our first camping adventure with > our 4 and 6 year old grandsons as it has a big swimming pool, a couple of > interesting short trails and even a cave to explore. It’s only 45 minutes > drive from our house so we could easily bail ou” >

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