Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
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Radnor Lake is a favorite destination amongst locals, and for good reason. The 1,368 acre park contains the namesake lake and nearly 8 miles of superb trails. These trails lead through peaceful forest and provide frequent glimpses of the resident wildlife including deer, turkey, owl and turtles. For many the 2.6 mile stroll around the lake is a sufficient hike, but for those looking to further explore the park there’s the option for a 5 mile loop that combines the South Cove Trail, Ganier Ridge Trail and Lake Trail.

Begin by parking in the West Lot near the Walter Criley Visitor Center and walk along the paved Otter Creek Road until you reach the lake. Note that parking can be congested on evenings and weekends. Once at the lake continue a short distance until a trail takes off to your right. Follow the South Cove Trail as it begins climbing up a ridge. Views from here are limited, (especially during summer when tree leaves and vegetation are dense) but you’ll get a glimpse of the lake as you start to descend. The remainder of the South Cove Trail is fairly mellow. As you travel through the quiet forest keep an eye out for the turkeys that frequent this area of the park. 

Follow the South Cove Trail (past two signed junctions) until it comes out at the paved Otter Creek Road again. Continue straight for a short distance before taking a left on the Lake Trail. Continue for 0.2 miles, then turn right on the Ganier Ridge Trail - the second main leg of this loop. Continue for 1.65 miles - up the hill, along the ridge, and then back down to the Lake Trail. Follow the Lake Trail for the remainder of the loop and then take the short side trail back to the West Parking Lot.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Close to Nashville. Scenic. Wildlife.

Cons

Can get crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

735.00 ft (224.03 m)

Highest point

1,106.00 ft (337.11 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Wildlife
Family friendly
Big Game Watching
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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