Lake Johnson Park

Lake Johnson Park, Raleigh: Hours, Address, Lake Johnson Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Lake Johnson Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Lispony
Parkton, MD1,080 contributions
Apr 2021
Beautiful trail around the lake. It's about 4.5 miles. We started on the east end where it is paved and great views of lake and continued to west side which is unpaved and not as many views of the lake. The last part of the west side has signs which depict each type of tree. Wonderful hiking!
Written August 11, 2021
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Richard H
Rocky Mount, NC150 contributions
Feb 2020
On a reconnaissance mission as we are planning a birthday party for a timeframe in April. The folks at the Visitor Center were very helpful.We saw the area around the Visitor Center. The Lake offers many activities and boat rental starts in April. Parking lots in two places, however if the weather is nice parking could be a challenge. The pavillions we saw were nice. In fact after our visit we reserved pavillion # 4. The trails are paved which will be a benefit to some of the guests when we have our event. Grills are provided at the pavillion. Looking forward to coming back for the celebration party!
Written February 23, 2020
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PL2016
United States159 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Trails, serene, walking/jogging, biking, boats/kayaks/canoes, sitting areas, and cooking areas! This place seems to have it all! If you want to keep going to the same park there are ways to make every visit different in its own way. But I must warn you to be careful around the bridge. There are always loads of people fishing (they claim they don't catch anything, but how can you when you're sitting on top of one another fishing in the same area all day, everyday!?) and they don't really care about boaters or people walking by. Other than that it is a great park! Very clean, hills/steep hills, and scenic route.
Written July 18, 2015
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Tareq A
Tampa, FL156 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
Huge challenging trail with uphill down hill , lovely scenes .

Good for walking running biking .

The parking though is very challenging and it sucks ,

I recommend it .
Written May 14, 2015
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Curt R
Raleigh, NC34 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
Lake Johnson offers a little something for everyone. There's a 3 mile paved path circumscribing the lake for walking, jogging, or even biking. The path has a long flat section going from the boathouse up and across the damn. The other half of the path is much hillier with a couple of fairly steep sections. If you venture across Avent Ferry Rd, there is also an unpaved 'nature' section to the path that is oriented more for hiking.

There's also boats for rent at the aforementioned boathouse. They offer paddle boats, as well as john boats with small electric motors. There is an added benefit of also being permitted to launch your own, unpowered water craft such as kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards, though I believe you still need to check in at the boat house to get a 'permit'.

If none of these suit your fancy, you can also spend your time fishing. The lake has a variety of fish such as sunfish, crappie, bream, bass, and even some larger carp. And if you're still not into any of that, there are plenty of benches to sit on scattered all around the lake where you can just sit and enjoy the relative silence. They also provide picnic shelters and the boathouse has a room that can be rented out for events.
Written March 17, 2015
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Ashley H
Fairbanks, AK91 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Lake Johnson is one of the most relaxing places in Raleigh. There are always people out there walking there dogs and strolling along the trails with their families so it's a very safe place to run solo. There are kayaks and canoes available to rent, and plenty of tables and benches for a picnic. Sometimes the main parking lot can get full, but there is a second lot down the road. The park is particularly beautiful in Autumn!
Written December 7, 2014
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walid m
Wilmington, NC1,027 contributions
Aug 2021
A wonderful lake to go and relax in during the day. It is minutes driving from campus. Several trails there.
Written August 22, 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,375 contributions
May 2020 • Friends
We drove around the lake and really enjoyed the nature all around. The short little bridge is quaint, and adds to the beauty of this prestine area.
Written May 9, 2020
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Trail779345
28 contributions
Feb 2019
Beautiful lake, walking trails, two club houses and a great bridge for a walk over the lake. the lake is beaujtiful with trees around the lake. Nice lake for a family outing.
Written June 4, 2019
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David Swearengin
Maricopa, AZ324 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We came here on a Saturday to walk the paved path around the park. Its a beautiful park with a lake in the middle. The walk is fairly easy. There are places to picnic and benches to relax on. We are glad we went. The only warning is its spring so wildlife are out. We came across a copperhead so just keep your eyes on where you step. If you look at my pic its hard to see at first as he is in the shade.
Written May 7, 2019
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Lake Johnson Park is open:
  • Tue - Sun 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM