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Easy trail. Didn’t like how there’s no proper parking spot as it is under big construction at the moment.

pretty and easy. there were some detours and walks through campsites which made it not great but trail well maintained

Really nice

Nice place to come for a easy walk in the woods. Very beautiful in the fall!

9 days ago

Great wide paved trail that sticks close to the edge of the lake but stays in the shade of the trees.

These directions lead you to the official trail start, but you could also park right by the main entrance and get on the trail there.

17 days ago

Short but active walk, an urban surprise.

A great easy trail to just jump on with nice variety. very pretty, well maintained. One of my favorite.

20 days ago

A must hike!

I went there with my friends.
was really nice hiking and wild life, view was great.
Just one thing I can't brought my dogs.

The only thing is that they close 5pm on the dot!

very pretty. a part of it had lots of small rocks so you had to be careful not to roll your ankle. also the trail crosses over some roads and parking lots which at times made me nervous about being off course. there's a swing over looking the lake. I would've loved to sit there a while had I not been trying to beat the clock back by 5 when they start towing cars

30 days ago

Beautiful trail, enjoyed the first half from Lower Overlook Park, the Dam, etc. The second half was VERY poorly marked, so much so that my friend, 4 year old son & I ended up walking on a busy 2 lane road with no sidewalk to get back to my car. Annoying!

As a brand new trail runner this is my very first trail and it’s awesome still getting use to it having been running it the last 3 Sunday’s so it’s still challenging but I think I found something new to add to my workout regimen. It will be even more exciting when I trail running shoes come in!!!!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Decent and fun ride for us (and I'm a beginner)! Some hills but not impossible. Good combination of lake views and woods as well.

1 month ago

A unique attraction worth doing once just to say you have done it. The dolls head bit is a curiosity. The pond was rather stagnant. In late August there was a little bit of Cardinal Flower blooming.

on Laurel Ridge Trail

1 month ago

Enjoyable hike. Gorgeous lake views. Make certain to take the short out-and-back detour off the west side of the loop to view the dam and the goats that graze to keep the surrounding grasses short. We felt the trail was well marked. Very nice canopied trail.

1 month ago

Excellent un-paved walk around a lake. Dogs love the many opportunities to get in water, including the lake and a couple of streams. The seasonal vistas are wonderful for the soul. My favorite is mushroom season when there are huge colonies of mushrooms everywhere!

An easy but a decent hiking trail which surrounds the lake in the Fort Yargo State Park.

Nice hike, hard trail, good exercise, beautiful view to the lake

Hiked with my daughter. This was her first hike. Very appropriate hike. Not too difficult. Took about 34 minutes with my daughter and we stayed moving.

Nice trail. Spooky..:trash along the route. Next time will be prepared to pick up some along the way.

Nice enough trail with a mix of pavement and gravel. Part of it is currently under construction though.

1 month ago

Very nice trail. Went with 9 year old son and it was not problem but he was tired at the end of it. Nice along the Chattahoochee and along the lake. Good shade inland. Trails are easy to spot as long as you look for the white trail blaze markings on the trees.

I’ve been wanting to check this place out for a long time and can’t believe what a hidden gem this is! I was looking for a new place to walk my dog and this popped up when I did a google search. This was my first time here and since it was a Sunday afternoon the building was closed. I couldn’t get over how peaceful and beautiful this place was! Very well kept trails, beautiful water features around the building, great place to walk my dog and enjoy the scenery. I took a bunch of photos along the way. I can’t wait to go back!

mountain biking
1 month ago

great ride. enjoyed it.

1 month ago

Once you figure out the trail , it’s easy to follow.

These two trails should not be lumped together; they are separately great trails but so different they need to be done at different times. Laurel Ridge is a great lakeside trail with a lot of elevation change.

The other trail, called here the “Buford Dam Trail” is really the National Park Service Bowman Island Trail. It is well marked and follows the river from the spillway at the Dam down to the Buford Hatchery, about 2 miles one way. Easy and flat, but not as interesting as Laurel Ridge.

There is not a formal connection between the two trails. You leave Laurel Ridge on a walkway over to the spillway and then cross the spillway on a large steel bridge across the spillway. Follow your nose through a large parking lot (latrine and water fountain), down the road a short way to a parking lot at the Bowman Island Trailhead. The bridge at the start looks like it is closed but that is just to keep horse riders out. The trail is populated mostly by fly fishermen.


2 months ago

It’s odd, and the energy is a bit weird, but it makes sense. Half of the loop is over grown and full of poison ivy. Had a cool experience seeing a family of white tail deer though.

Nice and quiet in spite of being so close to civilization. We got caught in a quick downpour and were able to take cover in mini covered outdoor classroom. Benches strategically placed at top of hills.

Favorite trail at the park. Challenging, but nice shaded trails, cool views, and dog friendly. 10/10 would recommend to a friend!

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