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Saturday Hike and Swim: Buford Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Sport
Event Location: Upper Overlook Parking, Lake Sidney Lanier   Multi-Sport: Saturday Hike and Swim: Buford Dam   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 30 2018  10:00 am >> Sat, Jun 30 2018 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 21 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jun 30 2018 6:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours
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: 7 / 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 Lower Overlook parking 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 are about 600 feet of elevation change the entire route, but we will be walking at a moderate pace.

Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of water
walking shoes                                                                                                                                        

Recommended Items to Bring:
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bathing suit


insect repellent

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Physical address is 1025 Buford Dam Rd., Buford, GA 30518.

From Georgia Highway 400, take exit 14 to Highway 20 east, turn left on Sanders Road, at first stop sign turn right on Buford Dam Road. After crossing the dam, turn right when you see the sign for Upper Overlook Park.

From Interstate 85, take exit 111 and head north on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Continue approximately 10 miles to Buford Dam Road. Turn left on Buford Dam Road and proceed about 1 mile. Turn left at the sign for Upper Overlook Park.



Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):50Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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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.

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Cost Includes:

Share car pool expense with driver. There is a $5.00 parking fee per car.

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