Hike around Radnor Lake

    4.0
    2.6 miles  - Loop Trail

    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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    Nice In-town Nature Walk

    This is a nice walk just outside of 'Old Brentwood'. The trail is a 2.5 mile loop that consists of an old asphalt roadbed, a gravel maintenance road, dirt trail, and mulched trail. Dogs are not permitted on the mulched or dirt portions of the loop which makes for an 'out and back' 2-mile walk for those with dogs. What I dislike about Radnor Lake is the asphalt roadbed turned trail that is currently falling into the lake. There are some obvious drainage issues that have caused the road portion of the trail to deteriorate. It's fine for walking but a major eye sore for being a prominent feature in a State Park. The road either needs to be renovated as a bike trail or removed. The metal barricades placed intermittently around collapsed sections of the road shouldn't be semi-permanent fixtures.

    Although Nice Not Dog Friendly

    Beautiful location with great paved trail. The off the path trails are not dog friendly which I am not a fan off. I like locations to be explored with my furry pal.

    Always Beautiful. Always.

    So pristine and perfect year around for a peaceful hike.

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    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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