Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville

#6 of 103 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Water Body · Hidden Gem · State Park
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. PutRadnor 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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  • We loved our hike here. Huge loop around the lake, well marked, and we saw some deer while we were there. Nice facility with video about the local birds which was fun to watch. I would come back...  more »
  • Enjoyed a great hike around Radnor Lake on Sunday morning. It wasn't too crowded at 10 am. Nice trails and scenery.  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.

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