Hike around Radnor Lake

Tennessee Radnor Lake East Parking Lot

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.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2.6 Miles

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Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
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Wildlife

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7 months 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.

7 months ago

9 months ago

Always Beautiful. Always.

So pristine and perfect year around for a peaceful hike.

9 months ago

Added by Bailey Robbins

Wandering newspaper editor, ESL teacher and radio producer.

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