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Radnor Lake State Park

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Address: 1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220-1700
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+1 615-373-3467
06:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 17:00

Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,332-acre park and is protected as a Class II...

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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Beautiful place to hike

The sun finally came out today so we went to Radnor Lake for a hike. We hiked a little over 2 hrs with my two 9yr old boys and they did great! The trails are very well maintained... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The sun finally came out today so we went to Radnor Lake for a hike. We hiked a little over 2 hrs with my two 9yr old boys and they did great! The trails are very well maintained and the views are very nice. We didn't see any wild animals since there were so many people there enjoying the weather.... More 

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Tallmadge, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are into birding and decided to spend a quiet day away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nashville. Are we glad we did! Hub got some great pics and we both got our steps in for the day. The park is gorgeous, and not too far from the center of downtown... maybe 20 minutes w/out traffic.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took a walk around the lake lake before driving home. Lots of flowers blooming and turtles on the logs in the lake. It was a little squishy in spots but we saw them actively working to get fresh mulch laid on the trails. The visitors center had lots of good information.

2 Thank Michelle C
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This part has a very pretty Lake, it has great hiking trails..Rangers are there if you have any questions.. but the trails seem well marked.. It does get busy there..so the trails may be crowded..

1 Thank susan s
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

One of my favorite lakes, Radnor Lake expands for miles and you could easily get lost but luckly there are trails to follow. We grilled out and had the best time with friends and family. You can go boating or jet skiing, or just enjoying the trails and the views.

1 Thank Marcel0002
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A few trails to hike....turtles, many types of water fowl, herons, geese, ducks, hawks....and a few owls.

1 Thank Erin L
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Went to the park after Yoga and had an excellent time. Great trails that surround the lake. Easy to walk with nice wide even paths.

1 Thank Roxhannah
Escanaba, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

My family and I spent a beautiful morning hiking at the park. The trails are well maintained. There are options for all abilities. It was very relaxing and a great way to start the day! The only drawback, as has been pointed out, is the limited parking.

1 Thank 64Grace
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is a popular place for a relaxing walk around Lake Radnor, just outside Nashville. Running and cycling is not allowed. You can walk the whole way around the Lake although a chunk of the route is away from the waters edge. The pathway is easy to navigate and there are more challenging paths too. Lots of wildlife can be... More 

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Reviewed 28 February 2017

LOVE Radnor Lake and its various trails; all beautifully maintained. Needs more parking, even if its a bit of a hike to the lake.

1 Thank Rose P

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