kayaker on lake johnson near the waterfront center

Lake Johnson Park

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Overview Trails Programs Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center Waterfront Center and Shelters Lake Johnson Pool

Year 1952 | Acres 500 (Lake is 150 acres)

Lake Johnson has paved greenway and natural surface trails, fishing, public programs, seasonal boat rentals, indoor & outdoor facility rentals, and a swimming pool. Lake Johnson Park has a duel designation of nature preserve on the south side of the park and metro park on the north shore.



Main | 919-233-2121
Park Manager| Mark Elmore


Lake Johnson Pool
Waterfront Center and Rentals
Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center


4601 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606



Park Rules

  • Swimming/wading is not allowed
  • All dogs must be under control and on a 6-foot leash
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet
  • Alcohol is only permitted at special events that have applied for a City of Raleigh Alcohol permit
  • Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot
  • Biking is allowed only on the paved greenway and the woodchip trail leading to the boardwalk at the headwaters of the lake
  • Hammocking is only permitted at designated hammocking posts. See park map for locations.
  • Drones are not allowed. See approved locations for drones here.



Paved Greenway

  • Approximately 2.8 miles of paved greenway loops around the east side of the lake and is a part of  the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail 
  • More information about the Capital Area Greenway System 
  • Easily accessed from:
    • Waterfront Program Center Parking Lot: 4601 Avent Ferry Rd
    • South Parking Lot: 5041 Avent Ferry Rd
    • Lake Dam Parking Lot: 1320 Lake Dam Rd.

Natural Surface Trails

  • Approximately 1.5 miles of unpaved, natural surface trail that loops around the west side of the lake, getting you closer to nature.
  • Bikes not permitted on south half of trail section
  • Easily accessed from:
    • Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center: 5611 Jaguar Park Dr.
    • South Parking Lot: 5041 Avent Ferry Rd
    • Lake Dam Parking Lot: 1320 Lake Dam Rd.
QR Fitness Trail sign on the trail at Lake Johnson Park

QR Fit Trail

  • Patrons can now easily combine upper body, core, flexibility and lower body exercises with walking or running. Six stations, found on the west side of the park, covering approximately a one-mile loop where patrons can stop and use their smartphones' QR reader app to access short videos that lead one through specific types of exercises.
  • A personal mobile device with cellular data required to access workouts
  • Easily accessed from: Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center: 5611 Jaguar Park Dr.

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center

919-996-3141 | Email | 5611 Jaguar Park Dr | Assistant Park Manager Julia Babuin

Waterfront Center and Shelters

919-233-2121 | Email | 4601 Avent Ferry Rd | Assistant Park Manager Chris Hill 

Note: Classes, programs, and special events may lengthen hours. Boat rentals have ended for the season. Stay tuned for updates when we reopen in 2020.

Lake Johnson Pool

919-233-2111 | 5623 Jaguar Park Dr