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Buford Dam Hike & Swim - Saturday

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Sport
Event Location: Buford Dam, Buford, GA, at the Lower Overlook parking lot.   Multi-Sport: Buford Dam Hike & Swim - Saturday  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 19 2017  10:00 am >> Sat, Aug 19 2017 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Aug 16 2017 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 18 2017 10:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Water levels should be decent due to recent rainfalls and the weather is very promising to enable us to enjoy this two in one event at the beautiful Buford dam/Lake Lanier.

We will meet at 9:45 am for check-in and introductions at the Lower Overlook Parking Lot (see Event Directions below).  

We will start our hike promptly at 10:00 am and hike along the Laurel Ridge Trail in a counterclockwise direction and take a side trip to the bottom of the dam and a pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee River. We will stop at a public beach to have lunch, swim and/or hang out for a while. There is a restroom next to the beach so you can change into/out of your swimsuit there. Our total hiking distance will be a little over 4 miles. The trail offers nice views of the dam, the river, and Lake Lanier, so you may want to bring your camera.


Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate clothing for weather/hike/swim

Appropiate hiking and water shoes

Plenty of fluid for hydration

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


A backpack, swimsuit, towel, lunch, camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Atlanta go north on I-85 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. Take a left onto Buford Dam Road and proceed 1 mile. The Lower Overlook Parking Lot will be on your right. If you reach Buford Dam, you've gone too far.

For those coming from locations around or west of GA-400, here is the address of our starting location you can enter in your GPS for alternate and/or faster routes.

Lower Overlook

Buford Dam Rd

Buford, GA 30518

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):50Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $20.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


I encourage folks to carpool, if at all possible, due to limited parking spaces available at the lower overlook parking area. 

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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

I may skip the swin portion of the event and/or cancel the entire event if there will be unpleasant weather conditions in the forecast.