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“Great hiking and quiet in the middle of Brentwood” 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 #10 of 96 Attractions in Nashville
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Canoeing, Hiking
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great hiking and quiet in the middle of Brentwood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My husband and I both love the ridge hikes around the perimeter of Radnor lake. There are some pretty rigorous ridges to climb, which my husband and sons have used to train in the past for backpacking trips. This small hiking area around around the lake is high impact but easy access. There is some great wildlife here, particularly at sunset. You may see an owl, hawks and certainly more than your fair share of white tail deer during that time of day. Beware of parking waits during the weekend. If you are not here by early morning, you may wait up to 20 minutes as parking is limited. Well worth it!

Visited August 2014
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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“Nashville Unplugged”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you live in Nashville and haven't been to Radnor, you must go. If you are visiting Nashville, make time for a trip to Radnor. Now this spot is conducive for a certain type of experience - unplugged with no running, picnicking, bikes or dogs. If you want to walk a beautiful trail, see lots of wildlife, or relax by a lake then this is the place to be. It is gorgeous. It is easy to find and it is free. There are several different trail lengths from easy to strenuous. The drawbacks: 1) it can be very crowded and the trails are not huge so you might have to pass or let someone pass you, and 2) the parking lot is small and although there is a little parking on the side street sometimes it's hard to find a spot especially on the weekend. The best times to go are week days, early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Whenever you go, take a blanket if you want to find a sweet spot to hang out (there are several rest stops and benches along the way) and have your smart phone handy for pictures.

Visited April 2014
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Best place in Nashville for hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Radnor Lake may not be the emptiest place for hiking in Nashville, but it is definitely the prettiest and that's why it draws so many people. Runners and cyclists are kept off the trails so wildlife and patrons aren't disturbed, and the prohibition of those activities brings a sense of calm to the area. Deer are frequently sighted walking near people and by the lake itself. The trails are easy to moderate and I saw a first or second grader doing a steep climb with her dad. At high points in the park you can see through the trees to the rolling hills outside the city. There are benches throughout the park which make Radnor Lake a beautiful place to read or meditate (if you get there early enough.) Highly recommended for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy stopping to smell the roses and taking in scenery.

Visited July 2014
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Bowling Green, Ohio
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“Beautiful area, but no picnicing!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We went for a 4 or 5 mile hike here, and enjoyed this beautiful location. Parking areas are small, which can cause some difficulty on a nice day,
Nice trail around the lake.
However, be aware...there is no running allowed and no picnicing, so plan accordingly.

Visited July 2014
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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“Great but....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is great place for a 2-4 hour stroll or hike. The only con is that the place has grown quite popular and is crawling with people on the weekends. It is better to hit this place through the week or first thing in the morning.

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