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With over 2,200 acres, Steele Creek Park is the third largest municipal park in Tennessee. The park features over 150 acres of developed recreational area, a 54-acre lake, and almost 2000 acres of undeveloped forested knobs.
Multiple picnic shelters are available for rent, and picnic tables with grills are available throughout the developed area of the park. Playgrounds, ball fields, and a one-mile fitness course are all available, and a nine-hole golf course is open to the public year-round. One of the most popular activities at the park returned in 2008 when the children’s train once again began running. The completely refurbished train brought smiles to many young faces and brought back fond memories to their parents and grandparents.
For those who enjoy lake activities, paddle boats and canoes are available to rent during the summer. Fishing is also very popular, with bass, sunfish, catfish, and carp all to be found in the lake. Steele Creek Park is a naturalist’s treasure. Over twenty miles of hiking and biking trails traverse the undeveloped knobs of the park where diverse populations of native flora and fauna keep both serious and casual nature lovers happy throughout the year.
The Nature Center, a focus for natural history education for young and old alike, is open for free to the public on a daily basis. Inside you will find live animals and educational displays about the natural world inside Steele Creek Park. Herb and wildflower gardens near the Nature Center are maintained by Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park. An interpretive arboretum, certified by the State of Tennessee, is the only one in the region devoted entirely to native species.