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Laurel Ridge & Bowmans Island Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: CNRA Bowmans Island parking Lot   Hike: Laurel Ridge & Bowmans Island Trails  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 5 2022  9:00 am >> Sat, Feb 5 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 1 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 5 2022 6:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike C
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No




We will meet at the Bowmans Island CNRA Parking Lot, see GPS Coordinates, at 8:50 am for introductions. We will hike Laurel Ridge Trail in a counterclockwise direction ending up back at the bridge. We will than follow the Army Crops of Engineer and Bowmans Island Trails back to the parking lot. We will follow the trail to the south and do the southern loop and return to the parking. 

Required Items to Bring:

Wear comfortable Clothing Layers and rugged Hiking Boots or Shoes appropriate for the weather - also, showers are forecast bring light emergency rain gear.

Hydrate well prior to the event and we suggest carrying about a liter of Water to drink along the way and perhaps a piece of fruit or other light snack.

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

Hiking sticks or poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From GA 400, driving North from points South of GA-400/GA-20:

Take exit #14, Buford Hwy/GA-20

Head East on GA-20

At ~ .5 miles, turn LEFT/NE onto Sanders Road

Follow Sanders Rd for ~ .8 miles

Turn RIGHT/EAST onto Buford Dam Road

Follow Buford Dam Road EAST, then SE for ~ 3.7 miles

Turn RIGHT Lower Pool Road

 Got to Finial Directions


From GA 400, driving South from points North of GA- 400/GA-20:

Take exit #15, Bald Ridge Marina Rd.

Head East on Bald Ridge Road

At ~ .3 miles, turn RIGHT onto Turner Road

Follow Turner Rd for ~ .2 miles

Turn RIGHT/SOUTH onto Market Place Blvd

Follow Market Place Blvd for ~ 1.4 miles

Turn LEFT onto Buford Dam Road

Follow Buford Dam Road EAST then SE for ~ 4.3 miles

Turn RIGHT onto Lower Pool Road

  Got to Finial Directions


From I-85, driving North from points South of Lake Lanier:

Take exit #113, I-985

Follow I-985 for ~ 3.5 miles, then take

Exit #4GA-20/US-23S

At the exit, turn LEFT and follow GA- 20 W/NW for ~ 3.3 miles

Turn RIGHT onto Sycamore Road

Follow Sycamore Road NORTH for ~ 2.6 miles

Turn LEFT onto Buford Dam Road

Follow Buford Dam Road N/NW for ~ 2.3 miles

Lake Lanier will be on your right

Immediately after you cross over the dam out of which the River, emerges

Turn LEFT onto Lower Pool Road

 Got to Finial Directions


Finial Directions

This road is IMMEDIATELY after the dam where the River is released.

This road looks like the WRONG place to turn; it doesn’t look like you are entering a park.  You’ll see utility facilities upon entering.

Follow Lower Pool Road, downhill, for ~ .7 miles.

 Turn onto Lower Pool Road and turn right for Bowmans Island NRA parking. Turning left will thake you into the Army Crops of Engineer parking lot.


Do not leave any valuables in your car including the trunk since vandalism has happened in the past.




$5 cash for a daily parking pass - OR if you have the annual CRNRA pass just display in your vehicle and you are good to go.


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