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Saturday Afternoon Hike and Swim: Buford Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Sport
Event Location: Buford, GA   Multi-Sport: Saturday Afternoon Hike and Swim: Buford Dam   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 23 2015  2:00 pm >> Sat, May 23 2015 5:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, May 20 2015 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 23 2015 4:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.25 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will walk the Laurel Ridge Trail in the counterclockwise direction, with a side trip to the bottom of the dam and a pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee, for a total distance of a little over 4 miles. This trail offers nice views of the dam, the river, and Lake Lanier, so you may want to bring your camera. A mile and a quarter before the end of the trail there is a public beach on Lake Lanier, where we will swim and have a snack  There is a restroom there for you to change in and out of your swimsuit if you would like to. We will then walk back to our cars. If you don't want to swim, I can take you on a short hike on a trail in the beach area. 

There is a moderate amount of elevation change on this one..probably about 500-600 feet along the entire route, but we will be walking at a moderate pace.

Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of water
walking shoes                                                                                                                                        

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bathing suit


insect repellent

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From I85, head north and take the I 985 exit. Continue a little under 4 miles on I 985 until Exit 4. At the top of the ramp take a left onto SR 20. Proceed about 5.5 miles on SR 20 and take a right onto Suwanee Dam Road, which dead ends after 2.2 miles when it reaches Buford Dam Road. Take a left onto Buford Dam Road, and proceed 1 mile. The Lower Overlook parking will be on your right. If you reach Buford Dam you have gone too far.


There is no carpool for this event.

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Cost Includes:

Share car pool expense with driver

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.