Ascent of Davidson County High Point on 2010-06-11

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Friday, June 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Davidson County High Point
    Elevation:1160 ft / 353 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Davidson county high point is located within Radnor Lake State Park which is only a few miles south of Nashville off of I-65. To reach it, you can take either the Harding Place exit and go west and south or the Old Hickory exit and go west and north. Either way, make your way to Franklin Pike and then turn west onto Otter Creek Road. Slow driving is recommend on this road as there are large speed bumps which pop up out of nowhere and can be rough on your under carriage.

This was my second attempt for Davidson county after having failed and run out of time a year and half previously; armed with better knowledge this time I was prepared. About a mile half down Otter Creek Rd there is a parking lot for the park which is the only place to park. On my first attempt, I parked here and took the trail to "the top" as some of the locals told me it did. There is a ridge line though and the trail passes over a 1100 foot spot elevation but does not reach the 1160+ foot contour that is east of the trail. I finished the loop around the park and had a very close encounter with a family of deer near the lake but did not wander off trail at the top to reach the high point.

Previous trip reports mentioned walking back down Otter Creek Rd and entering the woods near the park sign, I took this one better on my second trip. I walked about a mile back down Otter Creek to where there was a bend in the road and some property for sale on the north side of the road. According to my calculations, this was directly south of the high point and very near the park boundary. I started up hill and very soon after leaving the clearing for the lot I saw orange boundary markers and very old wire fence marking the park limits. Following the fence line up was quite easy and kept me headed in the right direction, also I did not come close to any of the houses mentioned in other reports.
The top is not so remarkable but does show signs of being visited frequently as someone appears to be building a substantial tree house here. It look liked part of it had blown down in a storm but most of the deck and ladder were still standing. I hung around the top for a bit and made arrangements to meet the friends I was continuing my road trip with, snapped my photos and headed back down the fence line.

All in all, it's a mile or so walking along the road but my route takes some of the guess work out of previous posts as the fence line will lead you right to the top of the county. Almost 300+ feet of elevation gain and probably 3 miles of walking total. The park is quite nice and the trail is well kept, if only it went to the real top...

On to the high points of Ohio and Indiana now.

Davidson Radnor Lake State Natural Area 1160 ft 36.06470 -86.78391
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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