Trail at Lake Johnson curving into green wooded area with sun peeking through

Lake Johnson Park

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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. 



Park Office - Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center
919-996-3141 | Email

Waterfront Center
919-996-3141 | Assistant Park Manager Chris Hill

Lake Johnson Pool
919-233-2111 | Reba Lewis, Facility Director (summer)


Lake Johnson Park
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 pets.
  • Alcohol is permitted only with a City of Raleigh alcohol permit.
  • Smoking is permitted only in the parking lot.
  • Biking is allowed only on the greenway trails.
  • Hammocking is permitted only at designated hammocking posts. See park map for locations.
  • Drones are not allowed. See approved locations for drones.

Nature Preserve

Lake Johnson Park has a dual designation of metro park and nature preserve. Lake Johnson Park utilizes prescribed burns as a way to manage the park's natural resources. Learn more about prescribed burns in Raleigh Parks.


Lake Johnson Boathouse


Hammock Posts

  • Hammock posts are installed along the greenway trail to provide the opportunity to stop, relax, and enjoy the lake views. Hammocking is permitted only in designated areas. See park map for locations.

Wildlife Viewing

  • Walk the park trails or sit at one of the numerous spots along the trails to observe wildlife found throughout the park.
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, cover approximately a one-mile loop where patrons can stop and use their smartphone QR reader apps to access short videos that lead through specific types of exercises.
  • A personal mobile device with cellular data is required to access workouts.
  • Videos are easily accessed from the Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center located at 5611 Jaguar Park Dr.


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 
  • Trailhead parking:
    • Lake Dam parking lot: 1320 Lake Dam Rd.
    • South parking lot: 5041 Avent Ferry 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 the south half of trail section
  • Trailhead parking:
    • Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center: 5611 Jaguar Park Dr.
    • South Parking Lot: 5041 Avent Ferry Rd.

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center

Thomas Crowder Woodland Center

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

Waterfront Center

picnic tables on the deck of the watefront center with a view of lake johnson

919-996-3141 | Email 
4601 Avent Ferry Rd | Assistant Park Manager Chris Hill 

Lake Johnson Pool

Pool at Lake Johnson Park.

919-233-2111 | Email
5623 Jaguar Park Dr | Facility Director (Summer) Reba Lewis