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Aviary

The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center

Opened in 2015, the 550-foot boardwalk and aviary complex is the epicenter of the Tennessee State Parks birds-of-prey programming, offering park visitors a unique opportunity for unparalleled education programs. Constructed as a boardwalk, nestled in the natural area, the wheelchair-accessible facility allows “up close” observation of non-releasable birds-of-prey, and offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding hillside and wildlife.

Through a public-private partnership with the State of Tennessee, these non-releasable birds-of-prey, designated as education animals due to permanent injuries, are housed and cared for at Radnor Lake State Park. Radnor park staff participate in training four times each year conducted by Wings to Soar. This training improves the park staff’s knowledge, handling skills and care of these birds-of-prey. This training is funded by Friends of Radnor Lake and the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation to help provide the highest level of care for our captive wildlife and high-quality interpretive birds-of-prey programs for the public.

There are six non-releasable birds in residence at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center. We are proud to care for a Great Horned Owl, a Red Tailed-Hawk, a Vulture, a Golden Eagle, and two Bald Eagles. All birds-of-prey live in their own habitat, customized to provide for their individual needs and to offer protection.

bald eagle

Regular Operating Hours

Due to COVID-19, all visits to the aviary are scheduled through the TN State Parks event page.

For the remainder of 2020, we are only offering guided tours with a maximum of eight guests. All programs at the aviary center are free however, all visitors must be registered in advance and are required to wear a mask inside the building. We cannot accommodate late registrants or walk-up visitors at this time.

Pets are not permitted on the boardwalk at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center.

Location and Directions

The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center is located at the top of Hall Drive, off of Otter Creek Road, and is only accessible by foot.

From East Parking Area, walk west on Otter Creek Road to Hall Drive to Aviary- 3/4 of a mile.

From West Parking Area (Walter Criley Visitor Center), walk east on Otter Creek Road to Hall Drive to Aviary is 1.4 miles.

The hike up to Hall Drive is paved but steep. Visitors with special needs please contact Park Manager Steve Ward (steve.ward@tn.gov) for assistance to the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center.

Click here to download the Aviary brochure with a map showing location.

First aviary tour