Our Mission: To protect, preserve and promote the natural integrity of Radnor Lake through land acquisition, environmental education and park support.
Jessie McElyea worked for the railroad as a bridge painter prior to his life on Radnor Lake. The silver paint that was used gave him lead poisoning, and he was no longer able to continue in that position. A spillway operator job had just opened up due to a rattlesnake bite that killed the previous caretaker. McElyea was offered the post and lived in the boat house while they readied a home for his family. His wife and the kids moved in some time later.
Natural Area trails and parking lots are open daily from 6 a.m. until dark. Dark is defined as needing a flashlight to read the signs!
Open 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Closed noon-1:00pm.
Visitor Center restrooms open at 7 a.m.
East Parking Lot restrooms open at 6 a.m.
Radnor Lake is State Natural Area is set aside by the State of Tennessee for wildlife observation and protected under the State Natural Areas Preservation Act of 1971. To ensure the protection of the Radnor Lake ecosystem and provide ample wildlife observation for all visitors, the following rules and regulations are strictly enforced.
To arrange programming or work days, please email Park Manager Steve Ward.
At no charge, two all-terrain wheelchairs (see pictures here) are available at the Visitor Center for use on the road, Spillway Trail and Lake Trail. To make your reservation for a wheelchair, please call 373-3467 24 hours in advance. Please download a liability form here, fill it out and bring it with you when you visit the park.
Please email Park Manager Steve Ward for sign language assistance for any of our programs.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is committed to principles of equal opportunity, equal access, and affirmative action. Contact EEO/AA Coordinator at 888-867-7455 or the ADA Coordinator at 866-253-5827 for further information. Hearing-impaired callers may use the Tennessee Relay Service (800-848-0298).