4 days 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
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

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.

6 months ago

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

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.

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

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

7 months ago

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

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.

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

9 months ago

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

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.

10 months ago

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

trail running
11 months ago

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

trail running
11 months ago

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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The west loop of the Lake Johnson trail is not paved, unlike the eastern loop, so is a bit more like hiking. Some gentle slopes and a very nice point with a bench to reflect over the lake and ponder life. We took the loop just after a snowstorm and enjoyed the lake, the bridge and short hike on a sunny day. Also much less crowded than the east loop which has bike traffic and is paved all the way around. If you want a quieter stroll or good 2 mile trail run after work, this is the one for you.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Nice trail system..wish I had my bike

Monday, October 31, 2016

fantastic trail 10/10

Thursday, October 27, 2016

love this place!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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.

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

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.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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?"

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