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Laurel Ridge Trail at Buford Dam - The Extended Version/Path Less Traversed
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Feb 5 2017 9:00 am >> Sun, Feb 5 2017 1:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Sun, Jan 29 2017 9:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Feb 4 2017 8:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||4 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)|
|Trip Leader(s):||Jerry K|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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Join us as we explore an extension of the Laurel Ridge Trail. we will be exploring unmarked trails that follow the Chattahoochee River to Hwy 20 - approximately 2 miles each way. This exploratory trail has several small creeks and ravines to be traversed, log bridges to be crossed, and possibly small climbing sections. Water levels and current weather will determine the difficulty of the terrin, but over all fairly mild. Upon returning form the exploration we will continue on the Laurel Ridge trail. This section meanders through both Forsyth and Gwinett, as well as the Chattahoochee and Lake Lanier. It is a very scenic hike that includes wooded areas as well as water views.
The trail has several elevation changes, none are extreme. We will be moving at a moderate pace throughout.
We will meet in the parking lot at the Lower Overlook park and begin hiking at 9:00 am (Parking lot opens at 8am). We will take the trail across Buford dam rd and toward the Chattahoochee to start. We will be stopping briefly at scenic areas to enjoy the view.
Dogs are not permitted per Lake Lanier Authority
|How to Get There:|
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.
From 400 - exit 14, go east to Samples Rd. Turn left
on Samples and follow to Buford Dam rd. Turn right onto Buford
Dam and continue east. immediately after crossing the dam look
for Lower Overllok parking on your left.
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