Two Beautiful Lakes Within Nashville City Limits….Just a Short Drive Away


I-440 was built on a railroad right-of-way leading to Radnor Lake….radnor-trail-guide

Radnor Lake is an 85 acre lake from which the state park was named. It has abundant wildlife and foliage. Radnor Lake State Natural Area is not a recreational park like others, this is a park where you come to hike, observe nature, or just relax.

    Radnor2The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company impounded Radnor Lake in 1914. It was to be used to provide water for steam engines and farm animals at railroad yards ; however, immediately following the construction of the lake several birds decided to call this place home and began to feed and rest here while in the process of migrating across the country. Hunting and fishing was no longer allowed by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad workers and their friends due to the influx of natural wildlife coming to the area. In 1923 the Tennessee Ornithological Society proposed that the area become a sanctuary for wild life hence, all hunting and fishing was eradicated. In 1962 the area was preserved as a park, this preservation was done with the help of many people who felt that it was already of good use and needed no further construction. Through out the 1960’s through early 70’s the Metro-Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation wanted to take the land but it was not able to do so. In 1973 Radnor Lake was purchased by the Tennessee Department of Conservation and is funded by many sincere citizens and the Federal Government, the purchase of this beautiful animal home has made Radnor Lake the first authentic Tennessee state natural area.

   Marrowbone Lake Marrowbone Lake (a tiny lake hidden in the northwest corner of Nashville) isn’t large, but its 60 acres are well-planned for fishing. People comfortably fish from the banks and the fishing dock on lawn chairs. TWRA regulations are strictly enforced.  Anglers over 13 must have the appropriate fishing license.You will also need to purchase a $5 lake pass for each day of fishing. You can a boat for $8 a day, including paddles.Gasoline powered motors are prohibited, but you can bring your own trolling motor or rent one there for about $40. Keep in mind that a jon boat is hard to steer alone without a trolling motor!. A handicapped accessible fishing dock is located just off the drive.A small tackle shop at the lake sells fishing licenses, day lake passes, bait, rods, reels, and basic refreshments.  Everything you might need, you can purchase there.Flush toilets are available near the tackle shop.Last year, TWRA stocked Marrowbone Lake with trout in December, January, and February.In addition to trout, Marrowbone Lake is stocked for channel catfish, crappie and bass.

Marrowbone Dock How To Get ThereMarrowbone Lake is in the country, but it’s an easy (and pretty) drive 20 miles from Nashville.We took Briley Parkway to the Whites Creek exit north.  Continue to Clarksville Highway.  Turn left on Eatons Creek Road, right on Gray’s Point Road, then right on Marrowbone Road.You can also take I-24 to Joelton exit 35.  Eaton’s Creek Road will approach Marrowbone Lake from the opposite direction.

Bonney and I have been to both, each is well worth a short drive.

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One thought on “Two Beautiful Lakes Within Nashville City Limits….Just a Short Drive Away

  1. In the 1920’s, Clara Rwwlings Davenport’s mother, who was Sadie Shadow Rawlings was a Home Demonstration teacher for the Nashville sschools. As she went around the area, she found a piece of land she thought would make a good site for their home. Art Rawlings bought it and built Shadowbrook. Together they had a business for “Fine Dining”.

    Marrowbone Creek flowed through the property and Art decided to dam it up and make a lake. Later, he gave the lake to the State of Tennessee. After that he found that he had to purchase a license to fish in the lake he built —even from his own shore!!!

    Now Clara and Nelson enjoy the lake and the wild life, but do not fish. They have all they can do to keep up with the groups who want parties there.

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