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.

East side of this loop is more easily navigated, the trail up the west side is a bit washed out and seemed steeper and narrower. A very enjoyable hike that can be done in 1-1.5 hrs or 2+ if you want to take it slow.

Great trail for a metropolitan area.

One of my favorite parts of Radnor Lake. This loop-spur climbs to a ridge that rewards hikers with great views.

Popular for a reason. Numerous great lake views and lots of wildlife. Parking can be a nightmare, especially on weekends. Nashville's oasis.

Not bad. Took a three year old and he made it.

Nice clean park with good elevation gains. Enjoyable trails.

30 days ago

Hike this at least once a week - super peaceful!