Lake Johnson East Loop Trail

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Lake Johnson Nature Park

Lake Johnson East Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina 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.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 157 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

partially paved

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!

3 days ago

this guide says 2.7 miles but when I recorded the loop it was 3.2 miles. Good length for me but my kids were complaining a lot by the last extra half mile even with scooters. Was 90 degrees according to my car but pretty cool and shady on the paths, only sunny bits were when crossing the dam and the bridge across the lake. Some people brought bathing suits and were swimming by the dam. We went to the left from the parking lot and was maybe slightly less steep than the other way around.

hiking
18 days ago

Paved trail. Nice distance. It’s a little hilly on the far side away from the visitors center. It can be crowded but the trail is wide enough not to make you feel claustrophobic. Watch out for bikes.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice trail! Nice amount of shaded forest, and very scenic lake views. Although the parking areas were pretty full on a Sunday afternoon, the trails did not seem to get too busy with walkers, runners, and bikers.

hiking
25 days ago

Very nice trial, clean and great for kids.

So hilly! I loved it.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, people very friendly and not too busy. 3 very steep hills but I loved it

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with lake views through the trees. More secluded than west path. Some gentle rises and many tree roots. One of my favs.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail would do it again. Kinda crowded.

Paved wide path that is a little hilly, shaded, and occasional views of the gorgeous lake.

running
4 months ago

nice, well marked, paved trail. surprisingly hilly!

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

If the cyclists could use trail etiquette this would be a nicer spot. Really isn’t too much to ask for “on your left.”

hiking
7 months ago

Crowded but nice

hiking
8 months ago

An easy, shady, paved trial for any level people!!

hiking
9 months ago

I would definitely recommend this trail to beginners. It’s completely paved, has great signs to help with directions, and had just the right amount “umph” to make you feel like you’ve been hiking. I really enjoyed myself. I will definitely be back because the lake views were awesome!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice calm paved trail. Great visit!! Really like this park

hiking
10 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
11 months ago

Well maintained, completely paved. Family friendly with a lot of joggers, cyclists, and dog walkers. Facilities at the main entrance. Great for a casual hike.

11 months ago

It really good!

hiking
Mon Jun 03 2019

A lot hillier than I imagined but overall it was awesome. Great views

Sat May 25 2019

Nice and easy paved walking trail for kids and dogs.

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

plenty of other people. little buggy in spots. paved pathway... felt a bit funny carrying my walking stick. haha. runners and bikers, dogs too! nice trail, but I prefer off road and almost alone!

hiking
off trail
rocky
Fri May 10 2019

I would recommend this for sure! it's hard to believe how deep into the woods it goes with it being so close to the city. if you want to go off the cement trail, almost right after the bridge you'll see a sign for a lookout. go up there and by the picnic table there's a trail that leads you around the edge of the water for a while. and it keeps you away from most people.

hiking
Fri Apr 26 2019

this was a pretty normal Lake Trail nothing extreme but nicely paved roads

hiking
Thu Apr 04 2019

Pretty easy paved trail around a lake. Wooded. Lots of runners.

hiking
Mon Apr 01 2019

Awesome trail and a great time.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

This is a great trail to bring a puppy, exercise, or just go on a nature walk. It is definitely not what I would call a trail, more like a greenway or walking/running/biking path. The view from the bridge is breathtaking and sitting at the dam to watch the sunset is definitely worth it.

some construction on scenic trail

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