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“Nice walkng trail” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Radnor Lake State Park

Radnor Lake State Park
1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville, TN
615 373-3467
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Ranked #23 of 260 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Canoeing, Hiking
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“Nice walkng trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Go near dawn or dusk and you will likely see many deer. No running or pets allowed on the cedar paths, although lots of folks walk with their dogs on the asphalt roads. Mostly flat easy trail around the lake. The other trail is more of a challenge - get a map at the nature center for distance and altitudes. Plenty of critters for kids to see and identify (deer, turtles, ducks, geese, chipmunks, caterpillars, frogs, and on rare occasion a snake. Once we saw a tiny little Gandolph like statue standing under a rock...so there may be some geocaching action going on. Park rangers sometimes have an animal on the trail and talk to people about it. Volunteer opportunities available. Parking can be a pain so carpool if you go with a pal. Other than that, a pleasure all around.

Visited October 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Great walk ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Beautiful park with nicely maintained trails. Take the ridge trail to get some nice views. Dogs are not allowed on the trails but you can walk them on the road. Parking is a little bit of an issue but just wait because it's worth it! Radnor is a must if you like nature.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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“The best place to hike mid-city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

If you want to park and hike this is the place to go. The bad news is parking is terrible and very inaccessible unless you are an early bird or just extraordinarily lucky.

Hours of Operation are Sunrise to Sunset.

The road between gates (West Access Lot and East Access Lot) is closed to driving due to crumbling a few years back. Since then it has been converted to just another walking path. There is an on-site small shop and visitor's center as well as a Ranger's home.

Amenities include bathrooms, hiking trails into the hills and slightly less taxing a walk around the lake (approximately 2 miles max).

Pets and bikes are not encouraged on any of the actual trails but the main road between parking lots allows both. The Lake itself is gorgeous. There are many forms of wildlife to spot if you are lucky. (Woodchucks, Snakes, Butterflies, Birds, Waterfowl, turtles, etc)

I even got to see an owl once. Deer are pretty confident in that area and you may be able to spot them directly on the trails. Noisy people will not see much, but even deer get cocky.

Visited October 2013
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“Serene hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

The lake trail is easy and flat. Every other trail is hilly, but well maintained. The lake is calm, no boats. They don't allow jogging on the wooded paths which makes for deer that are not skittish. They will get closer to people than most deer would. If you walk in the early morning or just before dusk, you WILL see deer. I've been several times when I've counted more than 7 deer.
The view from the ranger's house at one end of the pond is very beautiful. Locals like to take pictures along the trail that runs from the house to the road.

Visited August 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Nice for an easy hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Nice, gentle trail around the lake, space for bikes on the paved road. No bikes, runners or joggers allowed on the natural trails, and no dogs!

Only downside is parking - on a nice day, there simply is not enough space.

There are two electric car charging stations by the visitor center.

Visited January 2013
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