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South Cove trail finally reopens at Radnor Lake

April 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Radnor Lake

south cove trail aerial map - Radnor Lake, Nashville

The eagerly anticipated reopening of Radnor Lake’s flood-ravaged South Cove hiking trail finally happened on Sunday, April 3, 2011. The South Cove hiking trail at Radnor Lake has been strictly off limits since the major flooding occurred 11 months ago during the first few days of May 2010. The scuttlebutt trickling down to me was that over half of the South Cove trail was washed out or otherwise destroyed by that “100-year” flooding event. The damage was amazing as seen from Otter Creek Road and elsewhere in the Radnor Lake State Natural Area, so I’m eager to see if effects of the flood are still visible up on the south ridge and elsewhere along the partly new South Cove trail.

CREDITS: Thanks to Mike Hicks and Kelly Stewart for the Google Map based image of the trail system at Radnor Lake. The blue line indicates the path of the new and improved South Cove hiking trail.

Although trivial to many Nashvillians and other Tennesseans, perhaps, this long-awaited debut is certainly big news to the likes of avid Nashville hikers Kelly Stewart, Stephen Frasier, Steve Dieringer, and scores of others – thousands of others if you count the Nashville Hiking Meetup group (whose membership now numbers at 3,540 Nashville-area hiking enthusiasts, according to organizer Kelly Stewart via Google Talk at 5:14pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – impressive)!

I am going to keep this post uncharacteristically brief; I hate to admit I’ve not yet experienced the new South Cove trail, or “South Cove Mark 2” as the oft-dazed, simple musicians of Spinal Tap (This is Spinal Tap – None More Black Collector’s Set) might have called it.

Happy hiking!

Resources – Radnor Lake’s South Cove trail now open

Spinal Tap (hey, I mentioned it)

News Briefs – Reopening of South Cove hiking trail at Radnor Lake

Rebuilding Radnor Lake after the extensive May 2010 flooding

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