Walter Criley Visitor Center

Criley-VC-signOpened in 1991, the Walter Criley Visitor Center provides trail maps, brochures, monthly program schedules, birding checklists and display cases ranging from the cultural history of the natural area to the birds, mammals and reptiles of the surrounding ecosystem. This facility also houses the park offices and is the primary facility that most of the ranger-led environmental education programs are conducted for park visitors.

Renovations for the building were completed thanks to funding from the State of Tennessee, the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation and Friends of Radnor Lake on June 16th, 2015.

The Walter Criley Visitor Center is a great starting point for first time park visitors who can view a wall size map of the trail system and view interpretive exhibits about the natural area, its history and how Radnor Lake was saved in the early 1970’s.

Hours of Operation

Natural Area: 6 a.m. until Sunset (365 days a year)

Visitor Center: 9:30 a.m-5:30p.m.*
*Thursday thru Mondays (closed 1pm-2pm for lunch)
*Front desk closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
*Restrooms open 7am-dark daily.


1160 Otter Creek Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220

Note: The Walter Criley Visitor Center is only accessible by vehicle from Granny White Pike.


(615) 373-3467

Audio Visual Room:

This portion of the Walter Criley Visitor Center is open 7am-dark daily. This room is set aside for the viewing of films on the natural area, interpretive programs by the park ranger staff, Friends of Radnor Lake Events, ranger trainings and for green groups to meet on Thursday Nights each week. Group contact information and nights of the month they meet can be found on this page: Hosted Visitor Center Meetings.

Note: This room is not available for rent at any time during daytime hours as it primary purpose is for general park visitor use.


Walter Criley Visitor Center entrance


Grand Reopening of Walter Criley Visitor Center on June 16th, 2015. Pix by Jane Word