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Published: Sunday, January 3, 2016




Let’s Go Hiking! #84

Let’s get outdoors and have some fun and exercise!

Lake Johnson Nature Park

February 7, 2016 @ 2pm


Lake Johnson Nature Park

4600 Avent Ferry Road

Raleigh, NC 

(919) 233-2121

Directions: From I-440 take Western Blvd. into Raleigh. Right on Avent Ferry Rd. Lake Johnson entrance is 3 miles on the left.  Driving Directions via Yahoo

The trail is short - the entire loop around the lake is about 5 miles (1.5 miles on the greenway, 0.5 miles of dirt road and 3 miles of single-track). We recommend walking the loop clockwise from the lake Johnson parking area, (near the boathouse), start with a warm-up on the greenway, after passing the dam and the bridge look for a trail on the right (about 1.5 miles from the parking lot). The trail closely follows the lake with lots of ups and downs, and many exposed roots. Some climbs are very steep - the steepest is the climb to the gazebo overlook followed by a very steep downhill. There is one rocky creek crossing with about 2 ft. drop to the creek. After about 2 miles, the trail meets with greenway again. From here you can turn right across the bridge to complete the short loop (about 3.5 miles). For the full 5 mile loop, turn left towards the other parking lot, cross the Avent Ferry road and pick up the singletrack on the other side. The trail follows the lake for another mile, with more ups and downs and several muddy spots. The trail ends at a wooden bridge, turn right after the bridge onto a dirt road to complete the loop.

Remember, this does not necessarily have to be a Unit event…please spread the word to our Scouting families and promote the hikes as “family events”!

All you need to bring is a good pair of walking shoes, plenty of water and your enthusiasm.  Nature will provide the rest! We hope to see you on the trail. Rain or shine! 

Please remember to follow the Guide to Safe Scouting!