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Radnor Lake State Park

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1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220-1700
+1 615-373-3467
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Best hike in the city!

If you want to be in a beautiful place and not drive out of the city drive to this wonderful place... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Helsinki, Finland
Morning in the Park

Pretty but I've been sitting in the car waiting for an hour to park. There's plenty of room. They... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
Sarasota, Florida
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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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“ridge trail” (18 reviews)
“wild turkeys” (16 reviews)
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1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220-1700
+1 615-373-3467
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

If you want to be in a beautiful place and not drive out of the city drive to this wonderful place - there are walks or hikes for all levels. One thing to be awasre of this is not a place for trail runners or...More

1  Thank Timotraveler
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Pretty but I've been sitting in the car waiting for an hour to park. There's plenty of room. They need to build more parking so all the residents can enjoy.More

1  Thank meredith333
Tennessee S, Tennessee State Parks Central Office at Radnor Lake State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

The park is excited to let visitors know that a plan in underway to provide a new 100 car parking lot for Radnor Lake State Park off of Franklin Rd. Currently, the west parking lot is the best area to park and visitors are encouraged...More

Reviewed 1 November 2017

This is a great State Park in the Nashville area. The bird aviary is opened two days a week and the staff is very knowledgeable about birds in the area. Great friendly staff and real nice trails to hike!

1  Thank radamovic
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The trail isn't very long, so don't expect to spend your whole day hiking. The scenery is beautiful. Definitely don't need to be an experienced hiker to get a good view, the terrain is relatively easy to navigate.

1  Thank McKinley A
Tennessee S, Tennessee State Parks Central Office at Radnor Lake State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We hope you will come back and see us soon!

Reviewed 16 October 2017

We hiked around the lake. It was a pretty hot and humid day, but we enjoyed the walk. Lots of pretty flowers. Be sure to spray yourself down with repellant!

1  Thank Hawaii32
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

A very enjoyable walk around the lake, but understandably it is very popular so it's not very peaceful, especially at a weekend. The best time to go would be a weekday afternoon. Lots of resident turtles in the lake and a fairly easy flat walk.

1  Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 15 October 2017

For some odd reason there is no running allowed on the trails. So if you want to hike, it's average, but if you're up for trail running, don't go there at all.

Thank charli1031
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We got in our 10000 steps and had an enjoyable walk around the lake. Hard to believe it's in the middle of the city.

1  Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Tucked away in a residential area of Nashville, this hidden gem of a park was originally part of land set aside by the railroad for the development of a reservoir for steam locomotives as well as a water source for livestock ferried by train. Radnor...More

1  Thank kswstoryteller
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Our first visit. We used several sites to gain information including Google maps and others. First of all, we encountered a lengthy wait at the east parking area which is small. We suggest using the other lot at the west entrance. Not knowing the terrain,...More

1  Thank Riverchaser10
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Kasey L
22 February 2017|
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Response from Brucelj1 | Reviewed this property |
No access which is a shame I would love to kayak there!
28 December 2016|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
Don't think so.
28 December 2016|
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Response from Saf128 | Reviewed this property |
Not that i'm aware of