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Saturday Afternoon Hike and Swim: Buford Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Buford, GA   Hike: Saturday Afternoon Hike and Swim: Buford Dam   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 13 2011  5:00 pm >> Sat, Aug 13 2011 8:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 4:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 8 2011 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 13 2011 2:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.5 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: 16 / 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. 

At about three and a quarter miles we will come to a public beach on Lake Lanier. We will take a long break there and we can wade into the water and swim. At this time of the year the water is very comfortable: cool and refreshing.  There is a restroom there too for you to change in and out of your swimsuit if you would like to.

Then we will get back on the trail for the last mile and a quarter back to the cars. We should be finished by 8:30 pm at the latest and probably a good bit earlier than that.

There is a moderate amount of elevation change on this one..probably about 500-600 feet along the entire route, but we will be walking at a moderate pace.

Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of water
Hiking boots or walking shoes 

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.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):50Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 4:00 pm
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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

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