Laurel Ridge Trail

MODERATE 199 reviews
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Laurel Ridge Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Buford, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
492 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
6 days ago

Very well maintained and marked trail. The canopy of trees kept the trail from being too warm. It was 87 * and I never felt hot. I would definitely hike this trail again.

1 month ago

This is very enjoyable hike with many small streams and natural water features. Moderate home with some uphill but no climbing. This is one of my favorite Trails in GA

hiking
5 months ago

Good length moderate hike. Trail is well maintained and marked. Aside from never quite getting away from car noise it is a great midday hiking spot.

hiking
6 months ago

The trails are easy but the beauty of the hike was enhanced by the fall colors. Having moved from California to Georgia recently, the kids and I enjoyed the hike and discovered a wonderful place to visit within minutes of our house. Awesome!!

6 months ago

Park is closed for the season. Hiking is still available but the gates close and LOCK at 1700 hours. There is NO free parking where you are able to retrieve your vehicle after 1700 hours. Hike early ;-)

7 months ago

I hiked the trail this morning in about an hour and a quarter. The crews did a nice job cleaning up after Irma.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a awesome trail. There were some stairs! There are pretty views of the water, very clean, and a great place to go in the summer!! I would recommend this trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail with good elevation changes and views of the lake. I only found the trail to be 3.7 miles.

hiking
8 months ago

Due to time, only walked around the trailhead.

8 months ago

this is a great workout trail or simple walking trail. it is NOT a hike. there is a lot of traffic on the roads near it and a lot of traffic on the trail.

trail running
8 months ago

Run this trail almost every Sunday, some steep hills tight spots along the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

I will do this trail again. And, even though I hiked on the Labor Day Holiday, it was not too crowded. The parking lot was controlled by a ranger that was very friendly and helpful. The trail was in good shape and the boardwalks were in surprisingly good shape even as well used as this trail is, and thanks to all users for not leaving trash - I do not think I saw any litter - great job everyone.

hiking
8 months ago

I enjoyed this hike. Some elevation changes and good views of the lake. I'll do again.

trail running
10 months ago

Nice trail with lots of shade and a decent amount of smaller climbs to get more of a workout.

walking
11 months ago

I would definitely do this trail again!

trail running
11 months ago

Have to cross some parking lots but a quick and easy get away run!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful morning hike. Saw a lot of wildlife.. deer, rabbits, birds. Not too many people and wonderful views of the lake and river. It's s bit loud near the road and the trail crosses a few parking lots... but a great workout and much needed quiet time.

11 months ago

my 5 yo and 8yo had a great time! challenging and fun for them!

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11 months ago

Be prepared to sweat, it's a great workout

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nice trail. Mostly flat. Some areas are poorly marked. Not moderate, this is an easy walk. Great for shorter quick hikes.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Love this trail. Beautiful!

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

nice trail

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Decent trail with views of the lake.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Poor signs. I'm lost.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Amazing views & the trails has many hills - but remember "for every uphill - there will be a
Downhill"...
Great Trail

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Took a group of Teen girls hiking. They loved the beauty of the trail, nice places to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, very calming.

Monday, September 12, 2016

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
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

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

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