Radnor Lake State Park

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Radnor Lake State Park


(615) 373-3467

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Radnor Lake State Park is located in Davidson County, south of Nashville. 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 present 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.

Radnor's geology is also fascinating and complex. The rocks that 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, a construction firm purchased the land and plans were made to subdivide the property for a housing development. 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.

Map of Radnor Lake (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.104762, -86.728136



  • Boating

    Contact park regarding boating rules and regulations.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Auto motorcycle touring oppurtunities.

  • Hiking

    Radnor Lake is a nature sanctuary, so the trails are strictly used for hiking and wildlife observation. The park provides more than twelve miles of hiking trails, including the Ganier Ridge trail, named in honor of Albert Ganier.

  • Historic Sites

    Radnor Lake was constructed in 1914 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad as a source of water for their steam engines. With the end of the steam locomotives, Radnor's water was no longer needed for its original purpose. Eventually, development threatened the natural beauty of the area. Locals and state officials intervened and raised funds to buy Radnor Lake. This was the birth of Tennessee's first State Natural Area.


The park is open year-round. Summer temperatures range from the 60s to the high 80s. Winter temperatures range from the 50s to the high 20s. Different bird species are in the park during different seasons, depending on migration schedules.



Take I 65 to Harding Place, Exit 78. Travel west on Harding Place (or Battery Lane) to Granny White Pike. Turn left and travel south to Otter Creek Road and turn left (across from Granny White Market).

Phone Numbers


(615) 373-3467