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Lake Johnson Singletrack

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Trail begins on the far side of the lake - opposite the boathouse - after crossing the wooden walkway. This trail works around the shore of Lake Johnson with some tough short climbs and is moderately difficult. Roots galore as well as several rocky decents.
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Latitude
35.76364702264133
Longitude
-78.7141227722168
Trail Directions
From I-440 take Gorman St. exit. Go towards NCSU and take a left at the first light onto Avent Ferry. Keep on Avent Ferry for approximately 1.5mi. You will reach Lake Johnson park on your left, either before or after crossing the lake.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Raleigh
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: dave , from bangkok

Summary:
If you're looking for a challenge, come here. This trail will have you huffing and puffing, and will make you keep your eyes peeled for technical hotspots. But beginners, don't fear, you should be able to test your abilities and gain skill without killing yourself in the prosess. riding here should make every aspect of your mountain biking better. Cardio, technical skill, you name it. It is also one of the prettier places in the piedmont, so go take a look!

Recommended Route:
start at the parking lot and hook up to the double track across the street. (be careful, crazy ass drivers on that road!). After about a third of a mile, there will be a bridge on your left, take it, and it will hook you up with the single track. Just ride the single track until it ends. hook up with greenway, and it'll take you back to your parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
atlantic avenue, new light, rocky road (best in triangle)



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Review Date
June 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tim , from Raleigh

Summary:
Over the years, this trail has become awfully rooty and rocky. Not for the faint of heart. It does, however have some fast gully transitions. If you get on and don't like it, there are several turn-offs to get you back on the old-lady paved trail. If you like the trail, you may want to ride it 2-3 times. It's pretty short.



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Review Date
February 26, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ed , from Apex

Summary:
I would park at the lot across the lake from the Boat House on Avent Ferry Rd. From here, head back towards the boat house, then look for a path to your right. Jump on at this point and it should take you past a shelter and down a hill. Now, just stay on the main path all the way to the end. If you ever wish to get back to the paved greenway, just take any number of the trails breaking off to the right. If you want to stay on the single track, always keep to the trail that either heads toward the lake or follows the edge of the Lake. As for the trail itself, it is rather short, but fun. There is a fairly tough creek crossing, a damn hard climb (if you go the way I do), and a few challenging drop ins as well. But for the most part the trail is pretty easy going - although rather short. A connecting trail used to exist on the otherside of the Lake, but it is now close to Mtn. Bikers. But, if you're looking for more fun, ride this trail like I have described, then when you're done you can take a left on the paved greenway and take it to the spillway. Here, go to the right at the fork (don't actually cross the spill way) and take this greenway across Lake Dam Road to Trailwood Rd. At this point, take a right and pedal up the big damn hill and look for a dirt road on your left called Crump Rd. Take Crump all the way to the new construction and it turns into a fire road. There is a great network of trails in this area (called Centennial Campus). You either take the first right you see off the fire road or keep on gettin it until you see some trails branching off to the left. Either way will be fun.

Recommended Route:
Same as above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Centennial Campus (while it's still there), Chapel Hill HS trails, Lake Crabtree trails, Dunn Road



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Review Date
November 29, 1998

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike , from Cary

Summary:
I personally like lake Johnson because it is 2 minutes from my house. Just stick your bike in your trunk and you're there in no time (Do not attempt to ride on Tryon road, you will get killed!) The trail is tight singletrack with tons of roots, a couple of streams to jump over and some V- dips which are really fun. I like the roots, the decents, and the close encounters with the water. It gets 5 wheels for practicallity, 2 for length, (it only takes 20-30 minutes to ride it, but I usually do at least 2 or 3 circles) 4 for danger, 3 for the layout.I give it a 4 for the overall fun factor.

Recommended Route:
Coming from Cary: Tryon to avent ferry, then take a right on the parking lot (the one on the hill, not the one by the lake) Go toward the bridge and you'll see it to your right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try umstead or Lake Crabtree, but if you have time go down to trails in Sanford, they rock.



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Review Date
October 16, 1998

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris , from Raleigh, NC

Summary:
Great ride for an afternoon outing. only takes 30 minutes at the most. A few hilly roller coaster sections

Recommended Route:
Ride as recommended in description but doing the trail the other way is fun too.



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