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Radnor Lake: Lake Trail and Ganier Ridge

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Radnor Lake State Park

Radnor Lake: Lake Trail and Ganier Ridge is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 433 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Lake No dogs
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This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Please note dogs are only allowed on paved roads.

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Darlene Templeton
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HikingGreat!

very heavily trafficked trail but still very nice. Visitor center is open with restrooms available. Masks required indoors & when trail is too crowded for social distancing. Beautiful Lake views. Saw deer & turtles. Lake trail is fairly flat and wide. Gainer Ridge adds some workout to this hike with some elevation. It's also narrower. No running, no dogs, no food.

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Melia Grant
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RunningGreat!

If you are a runner or have a dog you are not allowed on the trails. kind of wish I would’ve known that before I went because I only like running on trails and I have my dog, so we were forced to run on a pavement area. It was still super beautiful but I just hate running on pavement so I wanted to give people a heads up

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Keith Range
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HikingGreat!

There is a couple of stretches of the lake loop trail that are crowded. The branches off to the south cover and garnier ridge trails arent near as crowded. I suppose that is because both of those branches are considerably more difficult. Each branch has a zig zag path up and down to the ridge line of a hill. I at 39yrs had to take a break half way up and then at the top. The lake loop trail has mulched walkways that are decently wide and a portion of it is an abandoned old road. The south cove and garnier ridge trails are much more narrow and just a worn path. All paths have lots and lots of rest benches There is lots of wildlife in the park. Ive seen a ton of turtles sunning themselves in groups. Ive seen lots of wild turkey hens and 1 big male. Ive seen 1 deer and lots of squirrels and chipmunks

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Cole Mellen
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Nice and easy, good daily conditioning for longer trips.

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Cory Conroy
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HikingGreat!

Parked at west lot and walked a mile or so till sign for ganier ridge. Moderate incline up to the ridge. Saw mama and two fawn at the top. Beautiful!

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Vic Hernandez
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The trail is good and easy to follow. It is well marked and it has a couple good inclines. It has good scenery throughout and wildlife is easy to spot. The only downfalls are the parking is limited and it can get crowded

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Ethan Grosman
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Tegan McCormick
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Beautiful and quiet

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Chris Mead
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mustafa almadh
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Solamen Silva
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Hiking

There are several trails in Radnor Lake that roughly follow this general route (with small differences). They’re all great hikes; each offers you a good view of the lake, a walk through the forest and a brief stroll across Ganier Ridge. When taking this trail clockwise, the return route takes you down Ganier Ridge to the eastern stretch of Radnor Lake Trail, then along the northern banks of the lake to the Nature Center. No matter what hike you choose in this park, it’s going to be enjoyable. The woods are gorgeous, the trail is clear and well maintained, fellow walkers/hikers tend to be quiet and respectful of the surroundings, and the smells and sounds are always a treat. Nashvillians are lucky to have such a beautiful park so close to town.

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Jonathan Wilson
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Hiked this in early February on one of the rare snows in Nashville. The Lake and Gainer Ridge trails were quite muddy but by no means terrible. One just has to watch your footing to avoid some of the muck. Hiked it in the early morning when snow was still falling and it was a gorgeous hike! The Gainer Ridge trail is rated as strenuous and while the climb does get a bit steep, it is quite manageable and not that long of an ascent. The snow was great throughout the park and I saw some deer, ducks and lots of birds. I took some video footage of the hike, feel free to check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p7qfdCcQVJo Gainer Ridge connects to the Lake Trail which loops around the lake and takes one on the paved road that is now closed to traffic (Otter Creek Road) and is very pedestrian friendly. Dogs, strollers, bikes or trail running is not allowed on the dirt trails, which is a bit of a bummer, but is allowed on the paved road that goes along the lake. Up on Gainer Ridge, keep an eye out for owls as one can frequently hear and see barred owls in the area!

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Jason Reiling
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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.

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brad moran
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Loved this trail. Plenty of hills, only intersected the road twice but only briefly. Combined Garnier Loop and Lake Loop for a little over six miles. A couple of muddy spots and some ice but good views of the surrounding mountains, a flock of wild turkeys, and a couple of deer. Great morning hike before the crowds arrived.

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Troy Fleming
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Heath Boles
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Jennifer Delagarza
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Joe Foster
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Juan Lagunas
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Katherine Cobb
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David Wright
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Heath Boles
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Kristy Smith
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T Perry
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Lee Francis
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Keith Moody
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Matthew Lenahan
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Jenny Hall
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Wyatt Richards
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Katy Frost Galloway
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