Looking for a great trail in Radnor Lake State Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Radnor Lake State Park ranging from 2.3 to 4.9 miles and from 731 to 1,112 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

We hiked with two adults, two kids (7 and 3) and two seniors. We all did great! Lots of water views and some marshy areas with bridges. There are definitely a lot of people on the trail, but it’s still very nice.

Great Trail!, Beautiful, well marked, nice elevation terrain. Good distance for us.

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

Nice trail system but busy. Go early or when cooler out. This hike was done when it was about 40 degrees and after a day of rain and it was beautiful. The lake trail is nice but is the busiest. Both the garnier ridge and south cove loop are a little less traveled and were really nice with the downed leaves adding some color This recording is for the entire trail system.

Great trail! Frequent benches to rest along the way. Beautiful views. The trail is covered in leaves so watch your step as rocks and roots are hiding underneath in some parts. Lots of wildlife activity.

A little bit of elevation. Great Lake view. Saw a chipmunk, a couple of turtles and some birds. Important: do not park at the trailhead. Part at the Strong __ Church nearby.

Nice trails with plenty of benches. Beautiful lake and thin forests with deer. Very peaceful hike. Crowded at times though.

Beautiful walk around the lake. Lots of turkeys, deer ands wood pecker or two. Perfect for families.

Beautiful trail. Plenty of foot traffic so safe for solo travelers. Views of the lake are wonderful.

hiking
1 month ago

What a great place to get out and enjoy Tennessee! The trail is well maintained and traveled. The views are awesome. There is a section that is a pretty steep climb. The parking is crowded, but not too bad.

Avoid the lake roundabout on nice days. Too many people talking about stupid things and ruining the vibe. Take the other trails for a bigger challenge and peace.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Heavily wooded and secluded. It had some pretty steep ascents but also several peaceful bench stops along the way.

If you are looking for a bit of secluded wilderness this isn’t the spot. Busy even on a weekday at lunchtime. No pets allowed on trail. Pathway is well maintained mulch and gravel on the one side while the other follows an old asphalt road. Otherwise this is a great resource for the people of Brentwood. Plenty of squirrels and birds to watch. The trail is accessible to everyone.

I arrived at the park as the sun was coming up and walked the Ganier Ridge trail. There is enough elevation change to this walk that I took it slow. I saw many deer and lots of turkeys during the walk. Great park.

I was traveling through town and found this short hike close to the hotel. I stared walking shortly before dark and the fall colors were incredible. I took a few pictures that I just had to share with others. It was a perfect night to walk a scenic but short hike. I saw lots of families with small children and young couples enjoying the evening together.

Pretty Cool Trail. A zigzag elevation on the Moderate Trail. Lots of tree vines and wildlife. This was a pretty neat place with it being located right in Nashville.

Nice trail! About half was a path through the woods and the rest was on a paved trail! Took less than an hour to walk and it was nice to see how many others were there enjoying the day and walk as well!

Good quick 2 miles. Heavy traffic.

ok, views we're limited

great walking trails

Great hike for kids - pretty views and well maintained trail. Fun wildlife - herons, geese, ducks, hawks, deer, turtles. Beautiful in the cool fall.

3.95 by way of the garmin. Majority of the trail was well trafficked packed cedar chip pathway. Good vertical and decent at mid point, final mile or so was pavement or packed gravel. Lots of people around the lake. Much less people if you go up the incline to the ridge.

Beautiful trail with some pretty steep ascents. Much less traffic than the Lake Trail and I really enjoyed the solitude.

Lovely first cool day of fall. Pretty busy. Lots of herons on the lake. Saw a doe and two fawns.

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