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Lake Lynn Trail

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Lake Lynn Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking


bird watching






wild flowers


Lake Lynn is a man-made lake in North Raleigh with a 2-mile greenway running around the lake, consisting of paved surface and boardwalks. The easy walk around Lake Lynn is a pleasant loop and you're sure to see wildlife, including ducks, geese, herons, turtles and other aquatic life. It's very popular, so don't expect to find solitude. The mixed-use trail accommodates walkers, joggers, dogs (must be on a 6-foot leash), bicyclers, and roller-blades.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike and peaceful..

2 months ago

Smooth, full of life. We spotted big snapping turtles and cranes, caterpillars and ducks. Stroller friendly. Great shady spots too

mountain biking
3 months ago

Raleigh has the most beautiful trails. Right in the heart of a suburban community, this trail offers it all. Wide easy paths, great nature scenery and wild life to observer. The only drawback was that a lot of hikers were in the path causing me to slow down a lot on my bike.

highly recommended! beautiful sights and lots of shade. it's a long walk but worth it. great for dogs, families, fishing, and photography

7 months ago

Awesome trail that I run on. Check for some of the snapping turtles near the bridges. They’re hugeeeee.

7 months ago

I prefer unpaved paths with as few people as possible. This was super pretty around the lake, although very much paved and there’s plenty of people around even on a Monday morning. I’d recommend for children/ slower populations.

10 months ago

absolutely beautiful ❤️

10 months ago

Very nice walking/running path. I always feel safe walking this path - there’s a nice, friendly mix of folks you’ll encounter as you do the loop.

10 months ago

Decent place for a run or walk on a Paved loop trail

Sun Dec 02 2018

It’s very pretty, but the water is very gross.

Sun Aug 26 2018

We had been at Lake Lynn Trail twice! One with our pup (each dog we encountered had a leash and dog owners were courteous) Yesterday was our take #2. Right now, hit the lake after 5:30pm, you’ll not regretted (the majority of it is shaded) It is well marked, great for families, just to have a nice stroll after dinner, or just to hike while watching the beauty of the lake (and birds) It is an easy hike.

Thu Aug 16 2018

Great walking trail

Mon Aug 13 2018

Paved, smooth, has a couple sections with fairly substantial elevation gains for short periods. It's been a while since I have run here, but I've run this lake dozens, maybe hundreds, of times.

Sun Jul 15 2018

Great trail , easy to do

Wed Jul 04 2018

Easy trail...the whole thing is either paved or wooden boardwalks. A lot of shade which is nice. Quite a few walkers, joggers and bike riders but the trail is long enough not to feel crowded.

Wed Jun 06 2018

Well maintained trail, can take jogging strollers and dogs/kids friendly. Make sure to have the bug repellent on before start.

Sat Apr 07 2018

I brought my dog here and it was a super easy walk but allowed her to get plenty of exercise! It would also be a great place to go running!

Wed Jan 03 2018

Nice parking, trail is paved or boardwalk all the way around the lake. Very nice.

Fri Aug 25 2017

Wonderful morning hike here last weekend. Early in the morning it is beautiful with only a few people, but later in the day it is very popular. Easy hike for all experience levels.

Wed May 17 2017

Beautiful views of the lake, plenty of ducks and turtles

Mon Apr 10 2017

Love this trail. Great for runners, walkers, strollers, and little kids.

Tue Oct 25 2016

Beautiful trail, easily accessible for all.

Thu Oct 20 2016

Beautiful landscape and easy trail for dogs to walk.

Sun Sep 18 2016

Great trail for families with young kids

Mon Jun 20 2016

very shady and beautiful scenery around the lake

Fri Nov 27 2015

Very nice little trail and Boardwalk.

Sat Jun 27 2015

very nice easy trail. lots of shade.

cross country skiing
Fri Jun 12 2015

I have been here multiple times and find it to be very relaxing and a great trail for walking. It does get crowded on the weekends so I usually stick to early mornings here and watch the sun rise.

Fri Apr 11 2014

I walk around Lake Lynn almost every weekday after work, at least during daylight saving time. It's a scenic lakeside hike with many boardwalks across coves in the lake. Besides a great place for exercise, there's a tremendous amount of wildlife at the lake. Ducks and geese are the most common, attracted by the families feeding them bread, but other birds include herons and cormorants, as well as turtles, including snapping turtles.

4 days ago

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