Plan Your Visit
Radnor Lake State Park is located in Davidson County in the midst of the Overton Hills, south of Metropolitan Nashville in the Oak Hill Community. This natural area provides a variety of scenic spots and a diversity of natural habitats ranging from the lake, to streams and placid sloughs. Wildlife and numerous species of plants are in abundance. It is a place that provides scenic, biological, geological, and passive recreational opportunities not found in other metropolitan areas of Nashville's size.
Trails are off limits to pets, jogging, and bicycles.
Spillway Trail (.27m) easy
Lake Trail (1.3m) easy
Ganier Ridge Trail (1.55m) strenuous
Access Trail (.24m) moderate
South Lake Trail (.9m) moderate
South Cove Trail (1.3m) strenuous
Otter Creek Road (1.1m lot to lot) easy - Pets, jogging, and bicycles allowed.
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Radnor Lake State Natural Area Offers an Easy
Hike for People Wild About Wildflowers
Radnor's geology is also fascinating and complex. The rocks, which form its hills and valleys, were deposited on the floor of a shallow, tropical, inland sea 500,000,000 years ago.
The 85-acre lake for which the site is named was impounded in 1914 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company to furnish water for steam engines and livestock at nearby Radnor Yards. It was intended that the site would provide a private hunting and fishing preserve for L & N officials and their guests. Soon after construction of the lake, many birds discovered it and began to feed and rest there during their annual migration. In 1923, the executive vice-president of L & N stopped all hunting and declared the area a wildlife sanctuary at the request of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. In 1962, the area was purchased by a construction firm and plans were made to subdivide the property for a housing development. Shortly thereafter, public sentiment arose to preserve the area as a park. In 1973, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, with the financial assistance of the Federal Government and thousands of concerned citizens, purchased the Radnor site as the first official state natural area.
Hiking, nature study and observation, photography, and research are the major activities presently enjoyed by Radnor's many annual visitors. It is a place that provides scenic, biological, geological, and passive recreational opportunities not found in other metropolitan areas of Nashville's size.
Canoe Floats - Memorial Day through Labor Day
» Volunteer Days sponsored by the Friends of Radnor Lake. Volunteer Days are held monthly at Radnor Lake, and we invite you to join us! Volunteers, along with Radnor Lake staff, meet on the fourth Saturday of each month (except December) from 8 a.m. until noon CT at the Visitor Center off of Granny White Pike. Projects include exotic plant removal, mulching trails, and planting native vegetation. We really appreciate all of our volunteers and hope that you will join us!
Tour BusesBuses not appropriate for east entrance. Call park for more information.