Lake Johnson East Loop Trail

EASY 87 reviews

Lake Johnson East Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately 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
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
150 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

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!

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
3 days ago

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.

15 days ago

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

hiking
16 days ago

walking
17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

road biking
1 month ago

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

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.

walking
3 months ago

3 months ago

birding
3 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

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