Ganier Ridge Loop

Brentwood, Tennessee

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This loop explores the high and the low of Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Depart from the less-used east side of the park, then climb steeply up the Ganier Ridge Trail into the highest hills in Nashville. Just as you get accustomed to the oak forest up there, the loop drops down to a rich hollow and reaches the north shore of Radnor Lake, a haven for waterfowl. Finish your hike in the flat alongside Radnor Lake.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This loop explores the high and the low of Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Depart from the less-used east side of the park, then climb steeply up the Ganier Ridge Trail into the highest hills in Nashville. Just as you get accustomed to the oak forest up there, the loop drops down to a rich hollow and reaches the north shore of Radnor Lake, a haven for waterfowl. Finish your hike in the flat alongside Radnor Lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brentwood
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.8 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 615-373-3467; tnstateparks.com/parks/about/radnor-lake
Local Maps: USGS Oak Hill; at tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/radnor-lake_area-map.pdf
Topo Map: Ganier Ridge Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/6/2012

My wife and I found this trail to be difficult as advertised. We only encountered a few other hikers. About 2 miles into the hike there is a knob with a wonderful, open view of the lake. The campsite was nice and the spring was interesting to see. Turkey knob had wonderful views and we enjoyed a nice lunch there. It was a beautiful fall day. The way back was harder on me because my feet ached and the going was uncomfortable. It took us 7 hours to hike including lunch and time for photographs.

7/10/2010

This trail was very nice for the changing landscape and terrain. At several points there are very nice views, even in the full leaf of summer. A point to note is that the trail is no longer blazed white or yellow. It is now blazed blue. There is a biking trail (Bear Wheel) that begins alongside the hiking trailhead, and it is blazed white. Confusion is possible. It is well worth a drive for a daytrip.

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