Radnor Lake South Lake Trail is one of several at Radnor Lake State Park, a popular state natural area in Oak Hill, Tennessee within Nashville. It is a easy 2.5 mile loop around Radnor Lake that is primarily used for walking and nature trips.
Radnor Lake was created by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company in 1914 and used for watering steam locomotives and supplying watering pens for livestock. Afterwards it became a local sportsman’s club before efforts were made in 1923 to make it a preserve. Members of the “The Sportsman’s Club” (railroad executives and their friends) used the sanctuary for fishing, but in 1962 the property was sold to be developed, but public pressure influenced the state to purchase the property in 1973, creating the State’s first Natural Area. It is currently for day use only and hunting is prohibited.
Parking in the West Lot can be extremely crowded as it was when I arrived.
On the far right corner of the parking lot begins the trail that covers the northern half of the lake.
The trail itself is well laid and flat.
The park is perfect for nature enthusiasts to observe owls, herons and water fowl as well as many species of amphibians, reptiles and mammals such as mink and otter. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants as well as trees, shrubs and vines add to the natural ecological diversity of the area.
A barred owl…