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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.

It’s a good hike but just a heads up, the trails DO NOT allow dogs. Pets are only allowed on the paved roads

excellent trails

Beautiful lake view, had different trails from easy to difficult. There was more people than I would have liked but I see why, great little hike.

Great trail and very well kept. Lots of wildlife. It was a pretty easy walk so it’s a nice trail to tackle with friends and family. Get here early because the parking lot and trail fills up quick!

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2 months ago

Great trail. Lots of wildlife.

I combined the South Cove Trail with parts of the South Lake Trail. As a beginner hiker, this was the most difficult hike I have attempted yet due to the steep elevation climbs, but this hike may have been the most rewarding. There is much to admire here in terms of wildlife. I saw chipmunks near the trail, and a deer crossed my path just 10 feet in front of me. There have been some safety concerns at Radnor with the recent attempted assault of a woman on the Ganier Ridge Loop Trail, but I came across another hiker who frequents the park who says she still feels very safe on the trails which made me feel better.

Easy but lovely. Great way to spend an hour this morning.

Quite possibly my favorite trails. Decently challenging, not over crowded, lots of nature.

enjoyed it tremendously

If your looking for something easy with a lot of great scenery this is your place.

Despite the tag and reviews stating otherwise you CANNOT run this trail. there are multiple posted placards which forbid running. this is sad because it's very runnable and quite fun.

That said, I still ran it.

I’ve never been disappointed with my time on this trail. It can get busy and parking is difficult @ times. Don’t let it scare you; be patient - it’s worth the wait!

I’ve been coming here since I was a kid 28 years now this is the nicest park there is. Always a ton of wildlife out I’m glad they have the rules they have there it keeps things nice. Parking is difficult if you go on the weekends but besides that no complaints.

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4 months ago

Great exercise in a hardwood forest terrain. The trails at Radnor are jewels that require continued public support. We love hiking there. Combined South Cove with Garnier today while training for upcoming Utah trip.

This trail has strict rules. No running very little view of the lake the first half. So many people was just very disappointed. The park was nice just limited. Won’t go back

I've been on this trail several times and never been disappointed. I usually do the paved lake trail from the visitor center to the trail, and the nature is simply beautiful. Nowhere else in Nashville can you clearly see such biodiversity.

5 months ago

My husband and I did this loop and the south lake trail today less than two hours. Very nice. Bring walking poles and knee support if you have knee issues. Parking is limited btw.

easy trail, actually whole family enjoyed it. First trail I have been on and seen wild life. saw two large owls,a fawn six deer, several turkeys all on one trip and they did not seem frightened they all got close to get a look at us. highly recommend you walk it if you enjoy wildlife.

Nice trail. It was crowded but not uncomfortable and plenty of space to walk. Saw Turkey’s, an owl, and a deer on our outing. Will go again.

hiking
5 months ago

Great loop. WiFi available during the hike. Start in the West parking lot - start walking up the paved road. When the lake comes in to view, look for a right entrance into the woods. Stay right. The loop should take you about 19 minutes to get to the next trail crossing. For an extra workout - touch the sign and retrace the path that was just climbed.

I really enjoyed this Park. I was lucky enough to see a doe up close , turtles, a chipmunk and wild turkeys. The hike was beautiful and challenging in some areas, but I was carrying a heavy load due to training for the AT. I am from Florida and can’t wait to come back to visit .

I love all the nature in the back yard of our beautiful city!!

I love all the nature right here in the back yard of our amazing city!!

dogs allowed on otter while on leash, not allowed on actual hike.
beautiful place, only bummer was how many people were there with their trash and kinda ruining it for. otherwise great little place hidden within the city

I thought it was beautiful, will definitely return

Ganier is a great shaded hike. Very rocky trail in some parts. Good workout if you are able to walk quickly up the ridge. Saw deer and turkeys today.

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6 months ago

Excellent hike. Good elevation changes. We saw a snake, accidentally stepped on a lizard’s tail and saw it break loose, lots of squirrels and chipmunks, of course. It was a solid 20 degrees cooler under the shade of the trees on this trail than it was elsewhere. 8&9 year old kids managed this one easily, but it was a little scary for their mom as they wanted to run downhill with large drop offs on one side of them. No such worry for adults. Just know if you’re taking kids you’ll want to be sure they’ll listen when you tell them to slow down.

nice hike, not too easy, but not too hard. I went on a Saturday morning and by the time I was done the park was packed.

Great trail to spend an hour on after a day of work.

One of my favorite trails at Radnor Lake! Love the views of the lake through the trees.

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