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Lake Johnson East Greenway Trail

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 3.1 (7)

A great 3-mile loop around the eastern part of Lake Johnson.


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

99%

Runnable

419' 128 m

High

345' 105 m

Low

126' 38 m

Up

134' 41 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Wildlife

Closed after dark.

Runner Notes

Great running trail, paved the entire way. Some good hills on the south side of the loop.

Description

This route starts from the parking lot at the eastern end of the lake, near the dam. Other parking/starting options include the parking lot at the park boathouse and the parking lot off of Avent Ferry on the south side of the lake.

Traveling clockwise around the lake, the route crosses the dam, with great views looking west across the water. After crossing the dam, the route heads into the woods and contours around a cove on the south side of the lake. The trail has a few ups and downs before coming to a split in the trail. This route continues straight (scenic loop) and rejoins the main trail after a couple tenths of a mile.

The route continues around the south side of the lake with two more ups and downs, the most significant hills on the route. After topping out on the second hill, there are some side trails coming in from the south, leading to the Avent Ferry parking area and the East Loop Trail. There is one side trail that comes in from the north and heads out to make another scenic loop. This route continues straight, moving past these side trails and dropping downhill to the Lake Johnson footbridge. Crossing the footbridge, there are great views of the lake and boathouse. Once across the bridge, continue traveling clockwise around the loop, passing in front of the boathouse (restrooms here) and the main parking area.

Continue on the Walnut Creek Trail to return to your vehicle, and this path heads back into the woods, contouring around the north side of the lake on a relatively level course back to the start of the route on the north side of the dam.

Flora & Fauna

Piedmont hardwood forest and some pines. Geese and the occasional deer can be seen along this trail.

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Mikhaila Redovian

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  3.1 from 7 votes

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Photos

Morning light at Lake Johnson.
Nov 1, 2015 near West Ra…, NC
Bridge
Jun 11, 2019 near West Ra…, NC
Lake Johnson reflections
Aug 16, 2017 near West Ra…, NC
Lake Johnson Kisok
Mar 4, 2020 near West Ra…, NC
The footbridge that crosses Lake Johnson.  You are likely to encounter fishermen and other park users on this section of the route.
Nov 1, 2015 near West Ra…, NC
Park map
Mar 4, 2020 near West Ra…, NC

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