Lake Johnson East Loop Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Lake Johnson East Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles 219 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Lake Johnson trail is an easy 5.4 mile loop of paved greenway and unpaved hiking trail that circles Lake Johnson and offers multiple recreational activities in Raleigh, NC. The Lake Johnson trail includes a 3.5 mile paved greenway loop as well as a 1.9 mile unpaved loop plus another 1.0 mile of out and backs to scenic lake overlooks. Part of the paved loop includes a section of Walnut Creek Greenway Trail. The paved portion goes through the woods, along the lake and across the dam. The unpaved portion, a bit less traveled, goes to the headwaters of the lake. Both can cross the boardwalk across the lake to complete a figure 8 if you want. The trail has flat sections, hilly sections, sections into the woods and sections along the lake, offering quite a bit of diversity of terrain. Great place to get closer to nature in Raleigh!

1 month ago

2 months ago

This trail is pretty cool. I brought my both of my boys here ages 3 & 4 and they enjoyed it. Yes it was an easy trail but we had fun and I am get reacquainted with the outdoors. Felt almost like home, Virginia. I will return.

3 months ago

If you go left at the visitor center, the path is flat with views of the lake. Once you pass the dam with its great view (about a mile in), it gets hilly and you quickly move away from the lake. After 2 miles you start to hit very steep hills and no benches. Parking lot was very tight and crowded. Due to the steep hills, I would go right at the beginning if i ever make it back so you get that section done while you're still fresh.

3 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Great trail. Using lots of people walking, jogging, and biking. Awesome

7 months ago

I actually prefer the wooded trail as opposed to the paved section of the park. The paved section is way more crowded then I'd like. It's also great for your butt.

7 months ago

Used to hike this trail almost every week in college in the late eighties and early nineties. We would start at our apartment near Avent Ferry and Gorman, walk to the trail, do the trail and head home about 5 miles in all. After my dog died I didn't have the heart to ever hike it again. Her favorite phrase was "want go to the lake?"

7 months ago

walking
8 months ago

It was pretty good a lot of bugs lol

walking
9 months ago

Very nice walk/run spot. A little crowded for my liking but over quite enjoyable

9 months ago

Great walk good trails and beautiful scenery with plenty to watch

hiking
1 year ago

Trail is paved the whole way. Little long to go without a bathroom if you have kids. Wear good shoes, the trail has some hills.

1 year ago

Awesome trail

1 year ago

Love walking around this lake with my dog. It's a great way to stretch your legs. Can be crowded at times.

hiking
1 year ago

Refreshing getaway from cabin fever after the recent snow and ice events .... we decided to ice-trek around Lake Johnson on a cool day of 37 degrees. The paths were mostly full of patchy ice and snow, but there were many clear areas as well. This hike exceeded my expectations as from the map it appeared to be just a walk around the lake; the terrain is actually hilly in spots and trekking through the snowy woods turned out to be a great time. This trail is perfect for trail running, jogging, bicycling on the paved portion and just a great place to enjoy. Highly recommend this trail as a must do if you are local to Raleigh.

2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Great for walking with your kids, dogs, riding bikes or running. Can get overcrowded during the weekend & holidays, but that's mostly an issue with parking, not the trail itself. It is a more populated path than what I normally prefer, but still a nice quick get away.