Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville

4.7
#4 of 16 in Parks in Nashville
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. Put Radnor Lake State Park into our Nashville trip maker tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is a lovely, well-maintained park with trail that skirts the circumference of Radnor Lake. Things I like about it - (1) short, easy access from downtown Nashville; (2) quiet and clean, as park ru...  more »
  • This is such a beautiful place to find right in the middle of Nashville. The problem is it is so beautiful that it is very crowded and parking is limited. If you can get a parking space you will thoro...  more »
  • Nice trail around edge of lake, beautiful views I went in fall , it was gorgeous as colors were really vivid. Had a nice stroll, met some nice people along the way, a few others but not crowded. I wil...  more »
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  • A true Nashville treasure. This is a state park and wildlife preserve in the city limits. 4 main trails with ratings from easy to strenuous. Herds of Virginia white tail deer and flock of wild turkey are easy to spot from the trails, particularly late in the day. As animals are protected, deer will wander up to and across the trails. Slider turtles can be seen basking on logs over the lake. Regular visitors swap stories on sightings of wild life. The nature center is staffed with knowledgeable people to answer questions and there are displays of local flora and fauna. Great place for a quiet stroll.
  • I come here all the time just for the wildlife! Parking is difficult sometimes but I just come in the middle of the week and it usually isn't too bad. I have been maybe 5-6 feet from an owl on multiple occasions, hiked alongside two wild turkeys, stopped to let deer cross the trail in front of me, and sat on a rock next to a heron at sunset. Once upon a time I also stood in the midst of a flock of 66+ black vultures right by the visitor center. This place is my absolute favorite.
  • Great place to escape & stay in city limits. No swimming & they do not allow boats in the lake. Please respect the animals, they are comfortable around people & will often be found on or near the trails. This place is more quiet during the week, because it is a favorite of locals it can get packed on the weekend.
  • Radnor lake is a great place to go for a hike. The ridge trails are the most fun. I saw a deer, a hawk, a story, and a bunch of turkeys last time I went. And I see different animals each time. Definitely a lot of fun. But make sure you don't go off the trails at all, they'll get really mad and they might fine you. So stay on the trails, don't try to mess with the wild life, and you should have a great time.
  • Radnor is a wonderful place to hike and take in wildlife sightings. The carefully preserved sanctuary boasts a beautiful lake, aviary, and pristine trails. Hiking is easy to difficult, so there are many areas that can be explored no matter your level of ability. Highly recommend a visit!
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