Radnor Lake State Park

#11 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
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Key Info

1160 Otter Creek Rd

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Though Nashville is a bustling metropolis, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors right on the outskirts of town. Located 9 miles south of downtown, Radnor Lake State Park is a calm and serene getaway for those looking to go for a walk and observe nature. The 1,368-acre park features a unique ecosystem of plants and animals, including owls, water fowl and herons. Plus, there are numerous jogging, hiking and biking trails in the park, many of which provide impressive lake views. If you're looking to learn more about local birds in the area, check out the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center for interactive displays, ranger-led programs and panoramic views of the surrounding hillside.

Recent visitors said they loved going on peaceful walks in this park, but some reviewers warn that limited parking is available and the attraction gets crowded, especially in the summer and fall. The park office and visitor center is open Thursday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and rangers are available to answer any questions you may have about the area. Trails are open daily from 6 a.m. to sunset, and the Aviary Education Center is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 1 p.m. to sunset on Saturdays. The entire area is free to access, and travelers can reach the park from downtown Nashville by car. For trail maps and additional information, visit the Tennessee State Parks website.

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