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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 hiking area

Many hikes to choose from. Easy to more difficult. Lots of wildlife to be seen on the easy trail around the reservoir. We saw water fowl, owl, deer.

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Many hikes to choose from. Easy to more difficult. Lots of wildlife to be seen on the easy trail around the reservoir. We saw water fowl, owl, deer.

Thank Lindatravelgirl
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Even though many others will be sharing the paths, you will find this natural area well worth visiting. You may end up sharing the path with a strutting tom turkey and barred owls are often seen. Joggers are, fortunately, prohibited.

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Tennessee S, Owner at Radnor Lake State Park, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Doug. It's a beautiful place and sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. We hope you will come back again! More 

Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

What a nice walk, even on a cool and breezy morning. The forest literally full of birds, would get quite close. The walking path reaches the lake from time to time, but definitely it is a good forest walk first

1 Thank Pawel411
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Radnor Lake State Park was about a twenty minute drive from downtown Nashville. There is a short trail around the lake that is very pretty and an easy walk. There were a lot of people with small children and babies. There is a nice loop off of the lake loop that goes through the woods. There is a fairly steep... More 

Thank Wendy B
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 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 30 March 2017

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.

1 Thank janbo19
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Reviewed 28 March 2017 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.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

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 13 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

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