Trail: Ganier Ridge to South Cove Loop, Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Location: 1160 Otter Creek Rd., Nashville, TN 37220
Trail Length: Apprx. 4.5 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
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|The trail on top of Ganier Ridge|
Within a few hundred yards of entering the Lake Trail, I ran into a very docile adolescent deer who seemed only mildly concerned by my presence. Before long, the trail winds you alongside Radnor Lake with pleasant views across a marshy floodplain. From there, the trail lands right beside the lake for even closer views (where I saw another family of deer) before crossing a tributary of the lake to hit the gravel Spillway Trail near the west parking lot and visitor center.
|The view from the Lake Trail|
While not as strenuous and challenging as the Ganier Ridge, the South Cove offers another good workout with pleasant scenery of hardwoods, limestone, fern, moss, and a real wooded feel. It dead ends into the South Lake trail, where I took a right before being quickly spit out back onto Otter Creek Road. From here, it was a short trek back to the parking lot with some final parting views of the lake.
|The marshy cove on the southern edge of Radnor Lake|
For more information, including trail maps and contact info, visit the Radnor Lake website.
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