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Lake Johnson Park

4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
919-233-2121
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Ranked #10 of 75 Attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Highlands, North Carolina
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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87 reviews 87 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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44 attraction reviews
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

After a 9 hour drive from NY to NC through the middle of the night we arrived in the Cary/Raliegh area around 9am. We stumbled across Lake Johnson and began to explore. When we noticed that you could rent Kayaks, Canoes and small boats we had to find out more! We were met by Barbara at the window and she... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Raleigh and Wake County have invested heavily in parks and greenways. Lake Johnson is one of these parks which has benefited from the investment. There are two main trails - one paved (and tougher than you might think if you are walking it clockwise) and one unpaved but well marked. This is a busy park but a great place to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Came across this park while looking for a place to walk and this was amazing. If you have a stroller (like I do); make sure to bring a jogging one. There are a few areas that have roots sticking out and there are many hills; this was a perfect loop when looking for a place to walk. While we were... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I like Lake Johnson Park because it's in a great location and right down the road from my place. It's a fun park to visit for a jog or renting a boat. Pros: -Nice trails (paved and unpaved) -Great for hiking and jogging/running -Variety of boats to rent Cons: -Not very many garbage cans on the trails and I see... More

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Milwaukee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is a great place to walk, bike, hike, fish, canoe, kayak...you get the idea. The paved trail is about 2 miles around. It is just beautiful. You can also go off the paved trails if you want. You can bring your dog (as long as it is leashed and you clean up after it) people can't swim here, but... More

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