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Lake Johnson Park

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Address: 4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606-3412
Phone Number: 919-233-2121
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Beautiful loop trail park around a reservoir

This is such a peaceful place, even on busier days. There is a 5 mile loop trail around the reservoir, split into a paved 3 mile loop and and unsaved 2 mile loop. The side closest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is such a peaceful place, even on busier days. There is a 5 mile loop trail around the reservoir, split into a paved 3 mile loop and and unsaved 2 mile loop. The side closest to the pavilion is flat and easily accessible by all. The other side has some big hills on it. But then there's always the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went Friday to check out the boat rentals and Saturday to rent kayaks@ $5 an hour per boat. Friday the parking lot was about 2/3 full at 2:00 ish. Saturday morning at 10:30 the parking lot by the lake was packed, as was the one by the trails on the Tryon Road side of 440. The park did not... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to Johnson 2-3 times a week. The park has two loops, one about three miles and one about two. We usually do the three mile paved loop. It has nice hilly ups and downs and give your legs a nice work out. Most of it is shaded with the exception of the dam area and the bridge. This... More 

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raleigh,nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been taking my grand kids to this park for many years. Great place to rent a boat and go paddling. Part of the Raleigh park system -- great value. I never seem to catch many fish here though.

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Thank steve s
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time we went here was a great experience. The lake is calm so the boating relaxing.We have tried both the canoe and kayaks. I think it was $5 and hour which is more than reasonable. There are trails for walking/hiking but we never done that here.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

their parking lot is small, but there is overflow parking just down the road from the main entrance. the paved walking paths could use some upkeep, but overall, a nice family park.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great to take a break from busy city life and relax walking trails around the large scenic lake. All trails are easily marked and paved. They also have rental canoes and pedal boats. Very short drive from Cary.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful and quiet place. Great trails to walk or run around the lake. most of them are in the shade and easy to navigate. there is also an option to rent a boat. Restrooms are available.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had some out of town company which included a special needs adult and needed a fun activity. This fit the bill perfectly. The price is very family friendly at $6 per hour and each boat holds 4 people. They provide life jackets and you are on your way. They also have kayaks, canoes and sunfish sailboats. The facilities were clean... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice and shaded, it is a great place to go for a walk and it is easy to access. The landscape is beautiful and it feel really peaceful

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