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Buford Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Sport
Event Location: Upper Overlook Parking, Lake Sidney Lanier   Multi-Sport: Buford Dam   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Sep 9 2020  10:00 am >> Wed, Sep 9 2020 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Sep 3 2020 8:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Sep 9 2020 6:00 am
Event Duration:3 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:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 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.  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 in 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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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.



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Cost Includes:

There is a $5.00 parking fee per car.

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