Nashville, Tennessee

Hike around Radnor Lake

2.6 Miles Total - Loop Trail

Originally added by Bailey Robbins

This is a scenic hike just outside of Nashville that you can take the entire family on. The combination of trails is the best way to loop you around the lake for a beautiful 2.6 mile hike.

If you want a break from the city, take an early morning hike around Radnor Lake. Start this quiet trek by arriving at sunrise to snag a parking spot at the East Parking Lot. Walk down Otter Creek Road until you see the Lake Trail on the right. From there, enjoy a 1.4 mile scenic hike through the woods, encountering the park's abundant wildlife along the way.

The lake will peek through the trees along this wooded hike until you reach the end of the trail. From there, continue over the Dam Walkway onto Otter Creek Road for 1.2 miles of stunning lake views and observation decks. This will loop you around the lake to where you started.

Before you head out, note that the park is a Class II Natural Area, so there is no jogging, biking or dogs on the trails. This is to keep from disturbing the delicate wildlife and ecosystem within the park. You can, however, jog, bike and walk dogs on the road. The parking lots fill up on weekends, so getting there early is key. There are two parking lots, east and west. You can access this adventure from either.

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Very crowded

As a pretty urban park you can expect large crowds and possibly shut down do to no parking.

My native hike.

Lived in Oak Hill since I was born in 93 and our first house's back yard was connected to the state park. Radnor Lake and its adjacent neighborhoods are not only a miraculous bastion of nature in an exploding metropolitan area, but they're special to me being the environment in which I've spent most of my life. It's way more crowded these days than it used to be, but it's still the same homely, modest, relaxing hike I remember from my childhood.

Beautiful and popular

I love stopping by here, when I need some time outdoors. There's so much to see and so close to the city! I only suggest going on a weekday and not the weekend. It is so popular that the parking is almost as bad as being in the city. Weekdays are so much easier and much less crowded.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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