Bowmans Island and Laurel Ridge Trails

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Bowmans Island and Laurel Ridge Trails is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Buford, Georgia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
764 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
25 days ago

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.

NO DOGS ALLOWED☹️

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail- very flat except for a small hill at the very end. Lots of trail runners- with the flatness of the trail I see the appeal for trail running.

hiking
3 months ago

The Buford Dam in and out hike is worth doing once. It follows the Hooch and the trail is NOT marked. Without All Trails app I would have been lost for days

4 months ago

absolutely love it

trail running
Friday, April 21, 2017

Beautiful spot near and around the lake and dam.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

nice trail for an early saturday morning hike!

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

Amazing trial and with the fall colors its looks fantastic one of the best around cumming GA

Sunday, November 06, 2016

It's an easy hike. Nice only if you don't mind hearing cars around you or seeing power lines.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Great wooded trail. Overall easy trail. Saw a couple of deer. Nice view of the lake. Wasn't too busy on a week day. Army Corps of Engineers property so no firearms are allowed. Pets are not allowed on the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Great place. Very foresty though (I dot know? Is that a word? It is now!) definitely bring some bug spray!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Note - Dogs NOT allowed in Buford Dam Park

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Most of the trail was not busy at all and this was on a Sunday. If you do the whole loop you get to see all different parts of the park. A very pleasant day spent hiking.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Mostly flat trail around the park (Laurel Ridge ) and their are great single track trails down both banks of the Chattahoochee River. The Mountain Man Dam Hard Trail Run and Half Marathon in October is utilizes All of the trails and is a great Grass roots run. Check it out on Ultrasignup.com

hiking
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Great place to walk around or run after work...generally busy with people and their dogs.

hiking
Friday, December 06, 2013

Great trail. Pretty neat. #neature. Not a very hard hike, and you can choose to stay relatively level or go up hill. The view along the river is awesome. Cute pics. Easy and fun hike.

hiking
Saturday, December 01, 2012

closed 12/1/12

hiking
Sunday, February 06, 2011

This trail is also part of Laurel ridge trail

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