Laurel Ridge Trail

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Laurel Ridge Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Buford, GA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.9 miles 465 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Laurel Ridge Trail is a moderate 4 mile loop located at Buford Dam near Buford, Georgia. The trail is primarily used for Hiking and is accessible year-round. Laurel ridge has two sections: A 2 mile stretch on the river ends when you cross the road to start a 2 mile stretch on the lake side.

16 days ago

Me dad and me always go in the hike just for a good time, or to condition ourselves for sports. Even if you aren't the person who doesn't like to hike, you can in the middle of the trail and go to the "beach" and hangout in the water.

hiking
18 days ago

The Laurel Ridge Trail is a short, four or so mile loop trail in Buford, Georgia that winds around the area close to the Buford Dam on Lake Sidney Lanier. The trail is a moderately strenuous path which features fantastic views of the lake, plenty of interesting footpaths and a variety of scenic forest surroundings.

My daughter, a friend and I completed the loop in about two and a half hours with a short break midway through to enjoy lunch under one of the many covered pavilions. Facilities included bathrooms, picnic tables, plenty of benches and a handful of water fountains along the way.

While not your typical mountainous trail, the walk here was pleasant, and I'd recommend it to anyone in the area looking for an afternoon in the woods.

1 month ago

New to trail running! This was a perfect start. Picturesque and peacful especially for this NY boy!

walking
1 month ago

I wouldnt consider this a hike, however that is subjective depending on your fitness level. It was very scenic and beautiful. However we did get lost off the trails, (of course not the trails fault) and we ended up on Bowman Trail. Both trails were very nice and clean. Trafficking is pretty slim, at least on the day we went. All in all, it was real nice!

2 months ago

Nice trail. Not marked very well.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a nice easy hike. The Trail was was marked and maintained.
NOTE:
The park DOES NOT ALLOW PETS AT ALL.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a very nice trail with some challenging hills. The only thing I didn't like was that when you start getting to the recreation areas, the trail is not very well marked, and it is easy to get confused about where to go.

hiking
3 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

I ran this trail today foe the first time and got lost several times. if you cross the road from the parking lot and follow the trail you come to parking lot which is confusing . go right and follow the sidewalk. you will see the little hiker and the white spots on the trees . (to the left ) you will come to another parking lot . walk across , bathrooms to your right , you go down a little incline and then at the end go left . if you go right you will go to the beach and that's the wrong way . I hope this helps . it was a really pretty run otherwise! !

6 months ago

Nice

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

An utterly delightful trail; not too awfully crowded and just long enough to get in a good walk without getting yourself too tired.

6 months ago

9 months ago

Muddy and flooded today, but usually awesome

hiking
10 months ago

Nice views of Lake Lanier and Chatahoochie River. Great up close feel for how big Buford Dam really is. Close to Cumming, so it is easy to get in a good walk when you are in a hurry.

hiking
11 months ago

cross country skiing
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Took my boys aged 9 and 8 on this hike. It is a nice hike. One point we got confused where the trail continued once we hit the parking lot. But finally figured it out. That was my only issue. But a great hike for all ages.

hiking
1 year ago

Great beginner/moderate trail near the water. There were a lot of places to stop if needed and there are some areas very heavy wooded in such a populated area. Look forward to doing it again.