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Laurel Ridge Trail at Buford Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Buford   Hike: Laurel Ridge Trail at Buford Dam  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 26 2023  9:45 am >> Sun, Feb 26 2023 11:45 am
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 23 2023 10:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 25 2023 8:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Jerry K
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join us as we explore the Laurel Ridge Trail. The trail meanders through both Forsyth and Gwinett, as well as bordering 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 bathrooms and begin hiking at 9:45 am (Parking lot opens at 8am). We will take the trail from the parking lot and kike toward The Chattahoochee to start. We will be stopping briefly at scenic areas to enjoy the view depending on the wishes of the group.   

 Dogs are not permitted per Lake Lanier Authority. 

Required Items to Bring:


good hiking footwear

appropraite clothing

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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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