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Lake Johnson Park

4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
919-233-2121
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Ranked #11 of 76 Attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Great walking trails, boat rentals, biking and bird watching. The only complaint is the parking lot is small and tight.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This place just goes on and on as far as trails are concerned. In the past there have been issues with muggings and rapes BUT as long as you practice the buddy system and don't go at ridiculous times of the night, you are very safe

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Asheville, North Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
55 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This city park is very convenient access in west Raleigh. It has pedal boat and canoe rentals, fishing anywhere around the lake, and a hiking trail around the lake on both sides of the bridge.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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143 reviews 143 reviews
56 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We just took some out of town guests there last weekend for a walk; weather was perfect, park was clean, parking was free, and because it was so humid, not many people were there. There are (2) loops on one side of the lake and (1) loop on the other. They also have refreshments and boat rentals. We planned to... More

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RIDGELAND
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lake Johnson's well maintained trails have options - paved or unpaved, ~3.1 miles or 1.5 miles. The lake is beautiful, the boat house rents canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, pedal boats. Picnic shelters available, and benches throughout the trails to enjoy the scenery. Dog, stroller, bike friendly.

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Highlands, North Carolina
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32 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went for the first time in July 2014, and thoroughly enjoyed the paved trail around the lake. Lake was a little dirty, but I guess that is to be expected - not a place for swimming. The "scenic overlook" left a LOT to be desired to be called scenic. Just a picnic table on a hill over the lake -... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This park is amazing. It has miles of walking paths and nature trails that are just beautiful. The trails go from flat to hilly in some areas. There are multiple picnic areas that are separate from one another and there are swings and benches peppered through out the park. You can also rent sail boats, small motor john boats and... More

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Simply put, Lake Johnson Park is a good place to take a hike through some pretty scenery. There are about 5.5 miles of trails, both paved and unpaved, that circle the lake. While the trails are not very strenuous, there are a few hills that might be problematic for some. The eastern side of the lake is capped by a... More

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Irving, Texas
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great run after work to relief stress. Not crowded. Plenty of parking around lake. Love watching the ducks near the pier. Fishing is allowed around the lake as well as on the pier just be aware of runners. Paddle boats for rent to enjoy the lake. Great for families and small children. Has a small beach area to sit and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Loved the clean trail. Went with my hubby, 3 year old and 18 month old sons while visiting family. We went paddle boating and saw ducks and turtles. Staff were very nice. Beautiful outing.

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