Radnor Lake Ganier Ridge Trail

MODERATE 157 reviews
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Radnor Lake Ganier Ridge Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
390 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome trail! Great view of the sunset and great sense of accomplishment

hiking
14 days ago

This park is stunning! The trail system is vast and has moderate up and downs. If you are looking for a nice, easy hike, then this is the trail system for you. Running the trails is strictly prohibited so if you are looking to trail run, look elsewhere.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice walking trails. Great place to walk and talk with a friend or family. Jogging not permitted!

hiking
4 months ago

Training hike for upcoming CO 14er hike.

hiking
5 months ago

I'm local and this is one of my favorite regular hikes. My routine is to park in the west parking lot (both lots will be totally full though on weekends by 9am), and get on the easy Lake Trail first around the lake, then catch Ganier ridge from the west side. (Feel it's a better climb from the west.) From there you can get on the paved path around the lake to get back to the parking lot (and you can run on the paved portion!), or cross over to the South Cove Trail for another climb, or just backtrack back to the parking lot. The paved road around lake will pretty much always be crowded, but the crowd thins out up on the Ridge since it offers a moderate climb and you can't have strollers, dogs, etc. there. Deer, turkey, woodpeckers, turtles, heron - see them every time I go. Occasionally catch a glimpse of an owl. Great place for some respite.

trail running
5 months ago

Only one paved route where running is permitted. Mandatory walk for the rest of the trails. Great views, heavily trafficked, all other trails are mulched. Southern trail is good for a workout...

5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

cool ass bird but like why is there a bench every 47ft?
also there were some noisy toads, ear plugs may be necessary. never thought I'd see a land crab in Nashville. very cool.

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

It's fairly steep for the first mile or so if you're coming in from the east parking lot. But the views and scenery are totally worth it. A must for an experienced beginner.

hiking
7 months ago

Our fav at Radnor. Parking off of Franklin Rd can be a problem.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for locals to get to without having to travel very far. Not super difficult, you can complete in an hour or two. Moderately trafficked, and make sure to get to Radnor early on a weekend or you may have to wait a while for parking. Afterwards you can add by doing the lake trail!

hiking
8 months ago

Yep. Decent. I went on a Wednesday morning and it was still quite crowded. Great little nature preserve near Nashville. Easy hiking. Nice lake. Lots of rules. No runners/running. No picnics. No dogs.

hiking
8 months ago

A really nice walk in the woods, very thankful for Radnor

hiking
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Great trail for a metropolitan area.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

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