We love to take our dogs for walking around Lake Johnson. It's beautiful there year round.

I liked this trail. We chose it because it was baby stroller friendly for my grandson. However, I would rate it easy to moderate because although it’s paved, there were many steep inclines. So if you’re not used to inclines, don’t do the whole loop.

3 months ago

Awesome trail with lots of hills and beautiful views of lake.

Really comfortable, less crowded mulch trail

Did the west loop. Nice short easy walk with a small section of hilly terrain. Well visited trail with plenty of dogs in tow (actually,owners in tow).If you just want to get out into nature without a serious workout, give this a shot.

5 months ago

Great place for a walk. Trail offers variety of scenery along the way with different sections offering a different experience. Usually very crowded though.

Good trail to walk for exercise. Not a hiking trail per-se as it is paved more like a park trail, but great for walking and running. The back part of the trail near I-440 gets intense with some pretty big hills so be prepared. Great views of the lake and woods.

Puppy was scared of the bridge, but what a great view!

6 months ago

Best sunsets in Raleigh! This is a fun jog/hike that doesn’t take much time at all. Weekends are always more heavily trafficked but that just means more dogs to pet.

Pretty great! Lovely views of the lake and lots of beautiful trees around a river.
I really enjoy the hills in the unpaved section.
There was in fact quite a bit of foot traffic.

trail running
Sunday, December 03, 2017

I love the west loop of Lake Johnson... seriously a hidden gem and has the perfect 800 stretch that is always soft, flat and beautiful. Perfect for trail runners, hikers and walkers.

Friday, December 01, 2017

combined both sides of lake for about 4.5 miles. liked dirt west side better but made one wrong turn and ended up in apts.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Good trail but very busy. It's nice and wide but wheelchairs may have difficulty with the second half as it's very steep. Elevation increase may only be 242ft but it does it up and down two or three times.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Great little hike. I took the wife this weekend, the colors were beautiful. This loop is more rustic. Great for a short hike.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

This trail feels more like a walk in the park than a hike. This trail does have a lot more natural terrain than the other loop. There are some nice views of the little lake. Not much incline or challenging areas, but a great place to escape for a little bit that's close to Downtown Raleigh.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Quick easy access for routine exercise, but usually busy & not particularly friendly crowd. Very much a city walk.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Convenient walking/exercise for quick access, but usually busy, sidewalk sidewalk experience in the woods.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Great trail walk, lots of elevation changes. A little confusing in a couple areas on the unpaved side. Highly recommend.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I love to hike and I love the other side of the lake but this has zero direction after the halfway point. It started off as a breeze and fun and ended in being so lost I had to rely solely on my gps. I made it to the other paved side and felt like I was at a 5 star hotel. Trust me, this place is still my favorite as I love being off the beaten trail but if you’re a newcomer on the non paved side, be sure your gps is working.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Super easy 3 mile loop. Love taking my pup out here for a great morning of exercise!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Great hike with my wife last weekend. Easy and well marked. We really enjoyed it.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Paved roads that skirt the edge of the lake most of the way around. It's an easy walk (minus a half mile section of intense hills) that can be completed in about an hour. I love walking here with friends as a way to just get outside, and I also love taking the solo run around the trail, too. Great getaway in Raleigh.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Love Lake Johnson. The unpaved side of the lake is more moderate with more hills, but beautiful views on trails.

trail running
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great trails for running, on and off road. Always a friendly environment and great views.

trail running
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Decent trail to go on evening walks and for running. Good for fishing near the bridge. The best part is canoeing/kayaking in summer.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Easy! Picturesque trail. Asphalt paved all the way. Under 10,000 steps.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Only one pitch that has vertical challenge. All paved as I recall.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Once you get to the northwest of the lake the crowd shakes out and the path turns into a great escape. South side of the lake makes for some good trail running.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

It is a great workout with beautiful scenery.

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