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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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City escapre - Walk with nature

It was my first visit to park with my family and kiddo, and I loved it, park have great walking trail surrounding to lake and photographic locations. Visit during dusk to capture... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2016
Pune, India
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Pune, India
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Reviewed 15 May 2016

It was my first visit to park with my family and kiddo, and I loved it, park have great walking trail surrounding to lake and photographic locations. Visit during dusk to capture serene moment.

Thank Yerawar
Nashville, United States
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

When I moved back to Nashville 30 years ago, Radnor became my home park. I loved hiking the trails and walking around the lake. There is always plenty of wildlife, though "wild" may be a bit in question today. The park is very heavily utilized, and the Rangers still do their best to keep it in great order. I just... More 

1 Thank David B
Brentwood, TN, United States
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

This has been my go to park for many years. I like that I have the option of choosing an easy stroll, or a really tough hike up one of the ridges (South Cove or Ganier). Either way, I always know I'll see something beautiful or interesting. The lake is peaceful and the new areas they have to sit in... More 

3 Thank Amy C
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

Beautiful lake with peaceful views. The path was paved but was broken throughout...would not recommend for road bikes. There is extremely limited parking available and poor signage to find the park.

Thank Joshua A
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

Nature pure with lots of Kodak moments if you're taking pictures. Great walking trails where you frequently run into deer and see lots of other wildlife. Super relaxing and enough people out there that you feel safe to walk even by yourself. It's a beautiful place and not far from downtown Nashville (15 minute drive). Definitely worth checking out -... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

I am worthless with a map so I ended up walking on the road which was in need of desperate repair but the trails were well-maintained. We walked the Ridge Trail which is moderately difficult but well worth it

Thank Sarah B
Dublin, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

I visited Radnor lake state park during my recent visit to Nashville. I read reviews about it here and wanted to give it a try. This place is around 10 miles outside of Nashville and can be reached from 2 different directions. This place has very limited parking space and reaching before 11 is the best time to get the... More 

Thank Shekar9
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

great way to connect with Nashville's urban outdoors. And you may spot a celebrity or three! This is an easy hike and is relatively short.

Thank VenaJ
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Looking for somewhere for an easy quick hike/walk with beautiful views then Radnor is the place to go.

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Wetzikon, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful park just outside of Nashville. We had a lovely walk around the lake and saw many different animals on our way. So many nice benches to sit. Like holiday in a box for a quick break from daily routine :)

1 Thank Corinne L

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