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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

4 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!!!!!

6 days ago

There so clean and cozy area.
really good for with a dog.
nice place.

my daughter and I hiked the yellow trail. Beautiful day, very nice trails.

on Laurel Ridge Trail

10 days 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.

Great Hike. Champion trail is very steep. Not for beginner hikers....

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

Nice quick way to get away for a bit , only downside the noise from 78

I had fun exploring, because I got lost. Everything everyone said about the poorly marked trails is true! Doesn’t take away from the fact that it is beautiful once you get good on the trails.

26 days 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!

27 days 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.


perfect trail

A great place for trail running, hills but easy to run them all. Nothing extreme but still challenging, for me anyway

Great park, definitely worth the hike, but make sure you have the AllTrails app on your phone since the trail is not marked well at all.

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.

nice and quite

The trail was crowded when I went on a Tuesday morning- not overwhelmingly so. There was a lot of people walking dogs, and a fun running or riding their bikes. The trail is very well marked, with a park on the far end. There are a few short cuts to take - we’ll marked on the map- that go through more grassy terrain. Largely the paths are gravel, or paved. It’s nice & green, yet not one of my favorites in the area.

$5 to park and no services were open or available,decent trails but poorly marked. Dogs are only allowed on weekends.

Great hike for families! We took our infant and dog and enjoyed a wonderful time. The trail is shaded most of the time. We spotted two deer families and beautiful birds. We will be back!

Great for jogs and relaxing hikes. Some nice and interesting ponds.

Beautiful and Beautifully maintained

This trail/park is awesome. It isn't far from my house and it is tucked away with a football field, 3 soccer fields, tennis courts, dog park, small pond, soft surface trail, plenty of parking, playgrounds with zip line and of course the paved trail and loop around the football/la cross field is perfect for walking and running. Well maintained park and clearly marked trails, just watch out for the doggie mines off to the side. Oh, and plenty of scenery.

This is a fun, easy trail. The farm is open Tuesday-Sunday until 4, but the trail is open until dusk. There is a cute farm-themed playground along the trail that our kids enjoyed. Searching for reptiles and fish along marshy creek was very entertaining, as well.

My nephew and I had a awesome time hiking down and staying there for two nights The folks that work there are so friendly and helpful. The food was awesome you felt like you were getting home cooking. They even had their own special desserts.. very clean nothing like taking a hot shower after hiking all day parade we saw flowers and plants that I have never seen before one was a beautiful red lily. From what I was told.

This was a great hike, lightly traveled. paths were pretty well marked and the camp out alcoves gave us a great spot to sting up out hammock and take a lunch break. while we did not stay at the inn, we did go by it and it looked very nice. we took a break in the front verandah and refused in the shade with a power bar. according to my gps watch we did the trail in 6 hours with a couple breaks and from door of our car back to the door of our car it was 10.71 miles. we parked in the lot at the top of the falls by the snack stand. oh yes, there was a snack stand and restrooms which was nice! ... I'm writing this review late. we hiked on Saturday 8/11/18.

2 months ago

Nice shaded hike with river and lake views. A lot of fishing spots to boot.

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