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Canoeing on Radnor Lake
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Canoeing on Radnor Lake
Description - This natural area provides a variety of scenic spots and a diversity of natural habitats ranging from the lake, to streams and placid sloughs. It even has some of the highest hills in the Nashville Basin.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.

Attractions - Wildlife is amazingly abundant. One can observe geese, herons, coots, and other birds as well as many species of salamanders, frogs, snakes, lizards, turtles, and mammals. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns, and other lesser plants as well as trees, shrubs, and vines add to the natural ecological diversity of the area.

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.

Recreation - 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.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - This State Park is located in the city of Nashville. Radnor Lake State Natural Area is located in Davidson County in the midst of the Overton Hills, south of Metropolitan Nashville in the Oak Hill Community.

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Filed By: Rick (Brockport, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you are a wildlife buff, or are interested in reptiles this is the place for you. In one day we observed deer, barred owls, and my faviorite many reptiles including a kingsnake, garter snakes, water snakes, common snapping turtles, painted turtles, sliders, northern fence lizards, five lined skinks and ground skinks. The habitat is pristine, and words cant discribe its beauty. look for snakes along the shore of the lake. I must say this is my favorite natural area. ( ive been to quite a few too, the adirondack state park is a fav!)

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Watch for big turtles below the dam. We saw a great specimen, probably right at 2 feet of carapace, in the weedy grass near the shore. Not sure if it was a common or alligator snapper (we were up on the levy). We are from Little Rock, always try to get out and hike at Radnor when we are in Nashville. Terrific place.

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Radnor Lake State Natural Area, 1160 Otter Creek Road , Nashville, TN, 37220-1700, Phone: 615-373-3467

Additional Information:
Middle Tennessee Region - This region encompasses the middle 1/3 of the state of Tennessee. It includes the Cumberland Plateau area and over 20 state parks and natural areas.
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

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