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.

On our first hike we saw turkey, owls, snapping turtles, chipmunks, a muskrat, and a heron! We could have finished in about 45 minutes but were distracted from all the sights.

nice hike, went after a rain, so it was slick in some spots, but nice views, quiet

love the scenery

Good training hike. Pretty boring, few overlooks, very regulated.

Good training hike. Did the loop twice.

Tons of wildlife. Lots and lots of birds and turtles. Saw multiple Heron, an Owl and wild Turkeys. Very easy trail with scenic views. Great for the family.

What I love about this trail is that it doesn’t allow TRAIL running, dogs, or bicycles. So, you are free to hike and enjoy nature without being run over. The wildlife is abundant, as are the wildflowers.

GORGEOUS!!! Hiked here 2001 and May 2003. Cannot wait to come back!

trail running
1 month ago

This morning was my third time running this route and I was told that it’s illegal to run on the trail and could result in a very large fine... just a heads up for anyone considering. It’s gorgeous though, especially in the morning before it gets crowded!

Clean, well maintained trail with enough incline to elevate your heart rate. Everyone raved about the wildlife, we saw two squirrels. There were lots of people so not the best if you want seclusion. We went at noon on a Wednesday and got the last parking spot. When we finished there was a line of cars waiting for people to return so they could park. I would go again.

I love this area. I started at the west lot and did the north side of the Lake Trail to Ganier Ridge and back. Even after days of rain and parts super muddy- still a lot of people during the week. But not so many it wasn't enjoyable. Very wooded. Gets chilly in the shade in February, even with temps in the 50s. For less traffic, try starting at the east lot. Saw lots of squirrels, heard warblers and saw 3 deer right by the visitor center. All creeks were full and flowing, making for a lovely soundscape during my hike. Most of the trail is wide enough for 2 people. There were a few narrow spots going up the ridge but I would not rate this a difficult trail. Really nice variety of scenery. It's all wooded but there are different landscapes.

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful, and peaceful, opportunity to hide amongst nature in the city! Claiming. Lots of wildlife to be seen. In the woods there, lives a white deer! Not an albino, but white colored. Very rare in nature.
Keep your eyes peeled for this mystical creature. I’ve seen it myself!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

This trail was better than expected. I knew we would have some nice lake views, but if you take the ridge trail, you get some great views from the top, along with a great workout. We went after receiving lots of rain, so the trail was very muddy in spots, but the creeks were really flowing so that was cool to see. We started from the left when leaving the Visitor's Center and meant to take the South Lake trail after coming down the ridge trail, but missed our turn & just ended up road walking back to the car so that was kinda disappointing.

Great trail a lot of wildlife and the trail is Beautiful

nice little trail that gets you off the beaten path here and gives you a little elevation.
I've done this trail several times. Always great for herds of deer.

A good hike with wildlife (we saw lots of tame deer and a really fat squirrel

This state park is very close to downtown yet you can submerge yourself completely to the nature while you hike. You may encounter deer or turkeys. I combine this trail and South cove and South lake trails. It is roughly 5 miles in total and takes 2.5 hours to complete. The trails have good elevation. The park is very clean, well maintained, and people who hike there are well mannered. Caveat is that it has limited number of parking spots, and you may end up waiting to get one longer than you anticipated, particularly when the weather is nice.

have done all the trails here several times. very easy but absolutely beautiful right here in the city.

What a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours. I’ve lived in the nashville area for over 50 years and this was my first trip to Radnor. But it won’t be my last. I enjoyed reading about the history of the park as well. Such a nice respite in the middle of what has become a very crowded city. The trails are well maintained and easy enough for most anyone to enjoy.

One of the more beautiful nature trails near Nashville. My wife and I have hiked this a few times. Very easy and doesn’t take long at all. We saw some whitetail deer, amongst other animals.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views even in the mud

walking
3 months ago

Good trail even after a rain

Good trails. Very crowded. People not knowing which side to walk on or group taking up entire trail. Upkeep of trails was fantastic, just too many people.

2 miles from my house...thus a great place to hike!

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!

hiking
6 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.

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