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Radnor Lake State Park

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1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220-1700
+1 615-373-3467
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Pretty--but take the mosquito repellant!!

We hiked around the lake. It was a pretty hot and humid day, but we enjoyed the walk. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Winnetka, California, United States
Nice walk around the lake, but fairly busy

A very enjoyable walk around the lake, but understandably it is very popular so it's not very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,332-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs. The park is perfect for nature enthusiasts to observe owls, herons and water fowl as well as many species of amphibians, reptiles and mammals such as mink and otter. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants as well as trees, shrubs and vines add to the natural ecological diversity of the area. Several ranger-led programs are planned throughout the year including canoe floats, wildflower walks, astronomy night hikes, nature hikes, programs on snakes, off-trail land acquisition hikes and birds of prey.
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1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220-1700
+1 615-373-3467
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We hiked around the lake. It was a pretty hot and humid day, but we enjoyed the walk. Lots of pretty flowers. Be sure to spray yourself down with repellant!

Thank Hawaii32
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very enjoyable walk around the lake, but understandably it is very popular so it's not very peaceful, especially at a weekend. The best time to go would be a weekday afternoon. Lots of resident turtles in the lake and a fairly easy flat walk.

Thank BeckyM08
Reviewed 1 week ago

For some odd reason there is no running allowed on the trails. So if you want to hike, it's average, but if you're up for trail running, don't go there at all.

Thank charli1031
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got in our 10000 steps and had an enjoyable walk around the lake. Hard to believe it's in the middle of the city.

Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away in a residential area of Nashville, this hidden gem of a park was originally part of land set aside by the railroad for the development of a reservoir for steam locomotives as well as a water source for livestock ferried by train. Radnor...More

Thank kswstoryteller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit. We used several sites to gain information including Google maps and others. First of all, we encountered a lengthy wait at the east parking area which is small. We suggest using the other lot at the west entrance. Not knowing the terrain,...More

Thank Riverchaser10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great piece of wilderness just outside of Nashville. Lots of rare birds (owls, eagles, loons) and an easy 3 mile loop around the lake. great way to walk off some of the great southern cuisine on a sunny day.

1  Thank Jay V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We checked out this park on vacation, very nice mulched trail in the woods and paved along one side of the lake. Lots of turtles to see sunning themselves on logs, some fun birdwatching. A nice visitor center with history and some information on the...More

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed September 15, 2017

Beautiful park. The hiking trails are very well maintained. The road and lake view trails can get crowed but get away to the other trails to avoid the crowd. Great place to see turkey, deer and birds. Only drawback is parking on weekends so go...More

Thank Wayne C
Reviewed September 13, 2017

Radnor Lale was originally a water impound for the L & N railyards in Nashville. The company elite would hunt and fish there. The State has since acquired it and it is peaceful place with many hiking trails, along with a level road for the...More

Thank snazzysnert
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Kasey L
February 21, 2017|
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Response from Brucelj1 | Reviewed this property |
No access which is a shame I would love to kayak there!
December 28, 2016|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
Don't think so.
December 28, 2016|
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Response from Saf128 | Reviewed this property |
Not that i'm aware of