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Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville

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Get in touch with nature at Radnor Lake State Park, an extensive green space within the city limits. Stop by the park's visitor center and view its array of exhibits and interpretive displays which elaborate on the natural and human history of the area, its cultural significance, and its animal residents. Afterward, hit the trail and wander through the network of unpaved pathways crisscrossing and circling the lake's forested surroundings, totaling nearly 10 km (6 mi). Keep your eyes peeled for some of the native animals, including muskrats, coyotes, river otters, and owls. Add Radnor Lake State Park and other attractions to your Nashville trip itinerary using our Nashville itinerary maker.
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  • Friends and I were visiting Nashville for a long weekend, and wanting to spend some time in nature and get a bit of exercise, we headed to Radnor Lake Start Park. What a surprise!--only a 20 minute dr...  more »
  • Beautiful trails & very peaceful. Dogs welcome. Look for wildlife have seen eagles there. Good paths & parking  more »
  • This park had great trails! Super easy to get to from the city. We hiked the Ganier Ridge portion in a steady rain and the trees are dense enough we didn't get terribly wet. There's some nice climbs w...  more »
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  • Radnor Lake is a nice lake trail, fairly easily navigated by the average park goer. There were no steep inclines, although there was a bit of an uphill slope in some areas. We did the lake trail and walked somewhere between 2 and 3 miles. The scenery is very nice and we saw owls, several deer, tons of turtles, and some wild turkey on the way. There was a very nice and informative park ranger walking the trail while we were there who pointed out a baby owl and it's mother. Parking is very limited, so if you visit during a busy time, expect to wait to get in. Best to go during off times, or early in the morning.
  • Great place for a little walk or a big hike. Paths around the lake are flat and easy, but the ridge paths offer a good workout option. Great place to bird watch and deer watch. :) Turtles everywhere, and you can spot a beaver occasionally. The best place to unwind.
  • Beautiful park. Often see wildlife such as geese, ducks, deer, fish and a lot of pretty insects. Had a snake cross my path one summer, which is great since they make a diverse ecosystem. Hiking paths aren't difficult. Parking is generally good. Annoying to find it from the main road the first time.
  • Radnor lake is a secret gem. It's tucked away nicely and is definitely a destination. You won't find it by driving by you have to go there. Dogs are allowed but only on the closed down road section not the trails. I highly recommend hiking some of the trails. Absolutely stunning.
  • Literally only minutes from downtown. I walked around the lake, which was a very easy hike. You could do this in flip flops if you want to. You are only allowed to walk here. No running or any other activities. This is a good thing because it can get a little crowded. You will be sharing the trail with wildlife. 5 stars because the whole area is spotless. Parking at the trailhead is limited but there is additional parking nearby.