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“A truly special natural area.”

Radnor Lake State Park
Ranked #16 of 258 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

There are many beautiful, natural areas to explore in and around Nashville, but nothing is more satisfying to me than taking a walk around Radnor Lake. I've been coming here since I was a child, and treasure this lake as if it were my own. The trails are kept in good walking order with no running, strollers or dogs allowed on them. I've often seen multiple deer at a time, a group of 30 wild turkeys and love trying to find the hooting owls I hear. Even if I just take my dog walking on the blocked-off street section, where dogs, runners and bikes are allowed, I always leave Radnor Lake feeling better than when I parked the car upon arrival.

Thank doUcopy
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

It was Easter Sunday and a bit drizzly but having plugged in my headphones, listening to classical music whilst walking around this beautiful natural forest and lake was a peaceful and warming experience. It is unusual to find such a spot practically in the centre of a metropolitan area, you would not know you were 10 mins outside the centre of Nashville.

I took nearly all the paths and spent 2.5 hours there. I also bumped into one of the rangers who was very knowledgeable regarding the flora and fauna should you wish to ask questions.

Being Easter Sunday the visitor centre was closed so I cannot comment on that. Parking is free and a doddle to find.

Thank PaulJamesSchofield
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We came on a weekday at 10 am. By that time, parking was already difficult, and we luckily found the last spot int he parking lot. There were many people walking--- at this time of the weekday, mainly older people. It was a gorgeous day, not too hot, with a slight breeze, sunny skies. Turtles were sunning themselves on the tree trunks protruding from the banks, and we saw many birds described by the bulletin boards, such as cardinals, jays, titmouse, red-bellied pileated woodpecker. We walked around the lake, a leisurely 4 mile walk. The first and last sections, nearest the parking lot, are paved. Otherwise it is a marked dirt trail. An excellent oasis for a brief respite inside the city.

Thank anonymousfortwayne
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is such a peaceful place to come to relax in nature with a nice walk, or even to exercise or bike. The lake is large and beautiful, and it is safe, with lots of people walking throughout the day. I also love to watch for deer when walking the mulch trails. There are restrooms as well, so they cover you on that one as well. And, there is no charge to park and walk, etc. Love Radnor.

Thank Randy S
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Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

If you're looking to run around The lake, guess again as there's no jogging or running on any of the dirt trails surrounding the lake. You can only run on a 1.5 mile stretch of pavement along the Western border of the Lake.

Although, the lake is still beautiful and you're able to see the Splendor of the greater Nashville area as you walk along the hiking trails surrounding the lake.

Thank LETreat06
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