Nashville Recreation: Radnor Lake

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Radnor Lake State Park provides scenic, biological, geological and recreational opportunities not found in other metropolitan areas.

L&N Railroad Company impounded Radnor Lake in 1914 to provide water for its steam engines, and intended to use the area as a hunting preserve for company executives. Migrating birds soon found the lake and began wintering there. In 1923, L&N's executive vice president stopped all hunting on the land and declared it to be a nature preserve. The company sold it to developers in 1961. It became the first State natural Area in 1973, with a diversity of natural habitats ranging from the lake to streams and placid sloughs, as well as wildlife and numerous species of plants in abundance.

The 90-acre lake is surrounded by steep hills rising as high as 400 feet, showcasing wildflowers in the spring, migrating birds in winter and whitetail deer year round. During a hike on the Ganier Ridge, the skyline of Downtown Nashville can also be seen!

Written by Stephanie Brake

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