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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 34 riders

Mountain Biking Lake Johnson

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#176 of 548 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#3,963 in the world

This is another trail that rides around the perimeter of a lake. This trail is only about roots, roots, and more roots. This trail can be rough on you back, wrists, etc. This trail, which is mostly singletrack, is a good trail to beat up yourself on. I first hated this trail but have come to like it seeing as how I am in such close proximity to it. Give it a try, you may be suprised. The other side of the trail across the bridge is now open again, and is is in better shape than the rootier (is that a word?!?) trail. This side of the lake, is not as rooty. Elevation change includes short uphills and descents.. Length is 1-2 miles.. This trail is not that tough, if you avoid the roots by riding the side of the trail. There are a few log crossings for the brave of heart (wait till you see them) and a few that I can cross (in other words, up to one foot-don't laugh). There is already erosion so its good not to ride this trail in the rain. Kent has marked off a new trail at Lake Johnson. You can get there by staying on the paved path starting at the hilly side of the lake. Follow the paved path through the two large hills and start looking to the right as the paved path meets up with the loop on the left. There is an existing trail on the right that leads to Lake Dam Rd. Follow the trail approximately 1/4 mile and start looking for the bright pink markers on your left. The trail winds through a wooded meadow and ends up on a gravel road. Follow the gravel road to the right and it will take you to Lake Dam Rd. Go left on Lake Dam to the entrance of the park. A trail will soon be marked to get from the gravel road to the main part of Lake Johnson so you wont have to go back out to Lake Dam Rd. The new trail is fun and will eventually provide Lake Johnson with a full Loop ride instead of an out and back route.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
"This trail is less than 3 miles from NC State, down Avent Ferry Road. from NC State you will go through approximately 4 stoplights. The first will be at the intersection of Western Blvd, the second will be at Centennial Campus, the third will be at Gorman Street, and the last light just blinks. After you pass the blinking lights it is less than a half mile to the lake, where the road will continue to cross the lake. You can park before you cross the bridge, and take the asphalt path around the lake. You will come to a bridge, that crosses a spillway. Cross the bridge and the trail starts immediatly to your right. If you are coming from I-40, get off at Gorman Street and head towards NC State. When you get to the light you will be at the intersection of Gorman and Avent Ferry; turn left. Use the rest of the directions from above. If you want to ride the other side of the lake, you can cross the bridge on the road, and there is a turnoff on the right side of the road, the trail starts here.

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