Radnor Lake State Park627 Votes Currently Open
- Address: 1160 Otter Creek Road Nashville, Tennessee 37220 United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-6153733467
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Trail, Park, Educational Site, Family And Kids
Looking for a perfect place for a peaceful hike? Want to hike with a friend and catch up with the latest? Then Radnor Lake State Park is the perfect venue. The charm of this place will help you regain your sanity. The animals which roam around free will mesmerise you. See deer, mink, ducks, turtles and birds everywhere. Five miles of unpaved trails wander through the woods surrounding the lake. Visitors to Radnor Lake enjoy wildlife native to Middle Tennessee. River otters, beavers, muskrat, bobcat, and coyote call this home.
Radnor Lake was created by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company. It was used for watering steam locomotives and supplying the watering pens for shipped livestock. Later it became a local sportsmen’s club. In 1973 the property became the State’s first Natural Area.
There are lots of activities within the park:
- Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Centre
- Canoe Floats between Memorial Day and Labour Day
- Birding from November to April
There are several hiking trails to choose from and they vary in length and accessibility:
- Otter Creek Road
- Lake Trail
- Ganier Ridge Trail
- Access Trail
- Dam Walkway
- Spillway Trail
- Valve House Trail
- South Lake
- South Cove
- Hall Drive
Radnor Lake State Park Travel Tips
- Radnor Lake State Natural Area is a Class II State Natural Area.
- This means it is a day use area only, and there is no camping or picnicking allowed.
- Any hunting within the natural area is illegal.
- Parking can be a problem on weekends, so try to get in early.
- There are two entrances.
- There are clean restrooms inside.
- You can only cycle or walk in the park.
- Mere Bulles: American
- Soy Teriyaki Bistro: Asian
- Firefly Grille: American, Cajun, Creole
- Bluebird Cafe: American
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15.04% of people who visit Nashville include Radnor Lake State Park in their plan
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40% of people start their Radnor Lake State Park visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Radnor Lake State Park
92.78% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Radnor Lake State Park
Radnor Lake State Park Reviews & Ratings
This is a beautiful place to walk. Several trails ranging from easy to difficult. The difficult one is a good work out! You can bring your dog but if you do, you have to stay on certain trails. Mine loves it here! Bathrooms and an education center available. Good place to volunteer some time with too if you are looking! Parking can be a bit difficult at peak times, but worth the wait.
Beautiful late afternoon hike on a cool October Saturday! It’s just short of 3 miles all the way around. Lots of benches and stopping points around the lake to take it all in. Perfect spot to take the family or get away to decompress from the stress of life. I highly recommend!!
Well worth the drive up the winding, narrow road. Great parking lot and signage. Easy access to the lake and the trails. check out your map for all the different access points. Also come find the observatory! And the graveyard established c.1862.
Stunning views with winding trails, there was too much to do in too little time. My friends and I did walk a shorter trail along the lakeside, but in cooler weather, the longer trails would have been perfect! Even more so on a bike, perhaps. Parking was a bit of a nightmare, so try to come early. Otherwise, you may want to brush up on your parallel parking skills, and ensure your parking brake is functional.
We are weekly attendees at this park. We love the wild life you can see. The deer and turkeys are abundant. However, this is one of the only parks in the state that doesn't allow dogs or joggers/runners on certain parts of the park trails. WE LOVE THIS!! Because off this your chances of seeing more wild life are far greater. Lately though it is not being enforced. Last week we passed 2 separate people completely ignoring the posted no pets on trail sign and had their dogs with them. We also passed several "visitors" picking flowers/mushrooms from OFF THE TRAIL which is also prohibited. Finally, during the same day last Friday we passed 2 different joggers/runners , also prohibited on these specific trails. We were very bothered by all of this. There are so many places/parks to do these activities legally. We also would see Rangers almost every time we came...now we rarely see a park ranger and believe this is the reason the rules are no longer being enforced. Very sad, because this is one of the most beautiful little parks in all of Tennessee.