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Randor Lake Trails

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From the ridge trails to the lake trails wildlife viewing is abundant!
Near:Nashville, TN
Distance:4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1113 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary: I went on the hike to find a Geocache but what I found was more wildlife I could photograph and more history of Tennessee's First Natural Area than I could take in the allotted time I set forth this hike. The park is surrounded by neighborhoods but you won't realize it once you get on the trail unless you hike it on a day when the leaves have fallen which at that time you can see downtown Nashville from top of Ganier Ridge. I started pretty early in the morning which is probably a good time to view the deer but low light in the woods and turning off my flash I wasn't able to get the photos of the deer I would have liked. But nonetheless I was astonished how tame the deer seemed to be as they grazed and searched for food along the trail. The trek to the Visitor Center along the Lake Trail will provide more solitude as well as more wildlife in geese, herons and other birds in this natural observation area. Take advantage of what all the Visitor Center has to offer.
Trailhead: From I-65 Exit Harding Place going west then south on U.S. 31 Franklin Pike then west on Otter Creek Road. You will be parking in the East Parking Lot and there is an access fee of $3 per car. Use the accees trail just past the restrooms to meet with Ganier Ridge Trail and follow this trail until you meet with the Lake Trail that will take you west to the Visitor Center. After you leave the Visitor Center follow the Lake Trail back to the East Parking Lot. (Lat:36.05782 Lon:-86.79387)
Trail Guides for Randor Lake Trails:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Radnor Lake State Natural Park 615.373.3467
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by js on 3/19/2010
if you want to call this a hike? its more of a walk on the road around a pretty lake. it is a nice area and good for the family. i lived in colorado for 10 years and i can't call this a hike. i like to be out in the forest. thid id good in town sorta hiking. like i said, the svenery is nice. not for the kind of person looking to "get way" which is what i'm looking for. only problem in middle tennessee is you have to drive a few hours for that. oh, most of the people are pretty "snooty" too. if that's what your looking for radnor is the place for you.

Reviewed by RL on 12/29/2007
There is no longer a $3 per car charge. That was abolished some time ago. It's now free. Otter Creek Road runs through the park. Until approximately the mid-90's, it was actually a city street that allowed normal vehicle traffic. Then they started closing it off on some weekends, and eventually it was closed off altogether from traffic (except for park rangers and personnel). The road is now used for walkers/runners/bikers. No running, biking or dogs are allowed on the actual trials. There are rumors that some sort of large creature has been seen in the lake occasionally. Maybe the lake has it's own version of the Loch Ness Monster. "Raddie" I supposed it would be called. Keep your eyes peeled!

Reviewed by JL on 11/30/2007
It's Radnor Lake, actually. Not Randor Lake. Here's a link to the TN state park page for Radnor. Great place for short hikes and for wildlife viewing. Very peaceful, especially for so close to the city.

Reviewed by Justin on 5/7/2007
I am getting ready to hike some back home in Gatlinburg after the school year and I found doing the loop of the south cove trail and gainer ridge to provide a good challenge and have plenty of other people around so you can do it alone and feel safe.

Reviewed by Kitty & Todd on 6/12/2006
We hiked all trails for the first time on Sunday. We truly enjoyed it! Our goal is to hike it every weekend! We enjoyed seeing the turtle, deer, and squirrels so close you could almost touch them and they are not afraid of humans and continue on with their business of munching on leaves as you walk by or stop to watch.

Reviewed by MG on 3/5/2006
First time, enjoyed our hike, saw turtles, deer, and an otter. Walked around the lake and then Ganier Ridge. Enjoyed both, the ridge has a decent change in elevation. Will hike this trail regularly.

Reviewed by PP on 1/24/2006
Many birds, turtles and the upper part of the hike is not easy and much more interesting than the lower part of the lake. Many people walk with dogs below and are very polite. Would hike again.

Reviewed by Jillian on 6/11/2005
I'm 28 and often hike alone. Randor Lake is one of the only places I feel totally safe doing this. It's not out in the middle of nowhere(though you wouldn't know it while hiking!) and you often see Park rangers while hiking. The wildlife is amazing and I always see something. Last week I saw a Barred Owl sitting on a stump no more than 10 feet away. It had a mouse in it's claws and seemed just as interested in watching me as I was watching it. I always see deer and snakes, often see owls and hawks, and once I even saw an otter! Randor Lake is a nature lover's paradise right in the middle of Nashville!

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