Radnor Lake 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. Located just south of downtown Nashville, Radnor Lake is the largest pocket of wilderness in the U.S. in close proximity to a major city. With over 1200 acres (and growing with the acquisition of the Harris Ridge), over 6 miles of trails, and a variety of programs to keep everyone in the family busy - it's no wonder that Radnor Lake see nearly one million visitors annually. Radnor Lake can be accessed from two entrances. The east entrance (off Granny White Pike) has the largest parking area and Nature Center (with restrooms and maps). From the west, visitors can access Radnor Lake from Franklin Road. This smaller parking area does have restrooms and accesses both Otter Creek Road and the trail system. As a "Class II" State Natural Area, Radnor Lake has the most restrictive set of land management rules of any state park. Of these, there are few that hikers should keep in mind: no jogging/running on the trails, no off-trail hiking, no dogs/pets, and no food or picnicking is allowed.

One of the easiest trail we've been on. Great for small kids too.

Easy and great for small kids too.

We hiked this trail the same day as the Ganier Ridge trail at Radnor Lake. We did this trail second so it was an easy cool down. Great views of the lake, but because it's an easier, paved trail there's a lot more visitors so it was a little crowded for my tastes, and we didn't see as much wildlife. If you're looking for something simple to walk with smaller kids and/or your dog then this is perfect.

Great trail! Super easy to get to from the city. We hiked it in a steady rain and the trees are dense enough we didn't get terribly wet. There's some nice climbs with easy footholds so you'll get warm, but nothing too exhausting or challenging. Keep your eyes open and stay relatively quiet because we spotted at least 5 or 6 deer close to the trail that were very cool to observe.

Easy flat walk- saw turtles, egrets, turkeys and deer.

Nice, safe easy walking Trail.

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26 days ago

A great get-away walk that makes you forget you are in the city. Along the way, you will usually see snapping turtles, great herons, deer, and wild turkeys. The trail is pavement for half and recycled wood chipping for the other half. There are several observation points throughout the loop. It's a safe and well managed skip through nature that's easily accessible to most in Nashville.

Easy trail, nice view, and it's within the Nashville area.

1 month ago