Hike around Radnor Lake

Tennessee Radnor Lake East Parking Lot

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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.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
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14 days ago

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.

14 days ago

25 days ago

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.

25 days ago

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

over 1 year ago

Not Exactly Dog Friendly

Radnor is beautiful, absolutely, and definitely great hiking, but it is not actually dog friendly. No dogs are allowed on any of the trails, just on the main road that goes around the lake, so don't go expecting to do any hiking with your pup.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Always Beautiful. Always.

So pristine and perfect year around for a peaceful hike.

over 1 year ago

Added by Bailey Robbins

Content Strategist based in Tennessee, but living for everywhere

Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2.6 Miles

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Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

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