Lake Johnson Loop

Raleigh , North Carolina

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This is a sizable circuit hike around a big lake at a big Raleigh city park. Popular with hikers, joggers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, a paved path follows the shoreline undulations of the east half of the lake, while a natural surface path leads you around the quieter west half of the impoundment. Be prepared for plenty of views and aquatic scenery at this urban oasis. Fingerlings stocked in the spring grow to 14 inches in their first year and to 20 inches by the end of their second summer. Nothing fancy is required at Lake John. The damselfly hatch in June and July is a highlight of fly angling, and an olive damselfly nymph fished just above the weeds and slowly pulled toward shore has proved to be deadly during this time. Trolling with spoons, casting brightly colored spinners from the bank or a float tube, casting nymphs and dry flies to cruising fish, or dropping Woolly Buggers to the bottom all seem to work. Prime bait-fishing time is at night—best with a night crawler below a bubble or bobber, which works particularly well in spring and summer. In the fall a Zonker or Muddler Minnow on a sink-tip fly line draws big fish to the angler.
Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

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Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This is a sizable circuit hike around a big lake at a big Raleigh city park. Popular with hikers, joggers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, a paved path follows the shoreline undulations of the east half of the lake, while a natural surface path leads you around the quieter west half of the impoundment. Be prepared for plenty of views and aquatic scenery at this urban oasis.

Fingerlings stocked in the spring grow to 14 inches in their first year and to 20 inches by the end of their second summer. Nothing fancy is required at Lake John. The damselfly hatch in June and July is a highlight of fly angling, and an olive damselfly nymph fished just above the weeds and slowly pulled toward shore has proved to be deadly during this time. Trolling with spoons, casting brightly colored spinners from the bank or a float tube, casting nymphs and dry flies to cruising fish, or dropping Woolly Buggers to the bottom all seem to work. Prime bait-fishing time is at night—best with a night crawler below a bubble or bobber, which works particularly well in spring and summer. In the fall a Zonker or Muddler Minnow on a sink-tip fly line draws big fish to the angler.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Raleigh
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5- 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lake Johnson Park, 4601 Avent Ferry Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606; (919) 233-2121; www.raleighnc.gov/parks/
Local Maps: Lake Johnson Park Trail Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Johnson Loop

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