Lake Johnson - West Loop
ElevationAscent: 129' 39 m
Descent: -130' -40 m
High: 406' 124 m
Low: 348' 106 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
Current trail conditions
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“A fun, urban trail with sections of singletrack and a wilderness feel.”— Mikhaila Redovian
From the trail split at the bottom of the hill, continue straight onto the boardwalk section of the trail. The boardwalk crosses the boggy inflow of Walnut Creek from the west. Once across the boardwalk, the trail begins a slight climb onto the hillside on the south side of the lake. The trail continues to remain relatively level for a while, passing a couple of side trails connecting to neighborhoods on the south of the lake.
The trail transitions to singletrack as it drops downhill for the first of two creek crossings. After the creek, the trail continues and makes a short climb to a scenic overlook with a bench. The trail then drops to another creek crossing before crossing a couple of small footbridges, working its way to the Avent Ferry Road crossing.
The route crosses Avent Ferry and continues uphill to connect with the paved Lake Johnson Greenway Trail. Travel north on the paved East Loop, crossing Lake Johnson on the footbridge with views of the entire lake and the Lake Johnson boathouse. Once across the bridge, the route heads west, crossing Avent Ferry Road again.
A short distance after crossing Avent Ferry, the paved section of the greenway ends and the route continues on a wide, flat section of trail which makes up the Walnut Creek Trail. This section of trail follows the route of a maintenance access road, passing a couple of side trails coming in from the north. You'll be navigating the northern end of the lake at this point, which offers a new perspective on where you've just come from. There are a few nice views of the lake before reaching the western end of the Lake Johnson and the paved greenway that started the route.
From here, head north and uphill on the paved section of greenway back to the parking area at the top of the hill to finish out your trip.
Land Manager: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources