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Laurel Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 488 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (616)
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Recordings (590)
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Patricia Watkins
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HikingBridge out

Great moderate trail - watch for white markings on trees and concrete when you get to the parking lot areas - if you follow these you will complete the loop. Watch for signs when you arrive near Management Office due to an area of the trail that’s closed due to a bridge being out. If you don’t look around for signs you may get lost and end up walking the road. Also there are some trees down along the way but there are paths around them.

Josh Petersen
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Hiking

Just ok. Good for some exercise but not a great ‘nature’ trail due to all the intermingling with the parking lots, roads, and fishing spots. Several trees blocking the trails. Markers are needed throughout especially at the parking lot crossings and start.

Keith Davis
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Peter Kim
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Hiking

Highly recommend! Not for beginners, there are some challenging trails.

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Bridget Daugherty
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great shady trail but very confusing to do the loop mentioned, got lost several times. if you just roam around without worrying about where you are, enjoyable.

Tracie L.
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Hiking

Nice trail. Markings were a little confusing. Tons of people in the swimming areas. Overall a nice moderate hike - some inclines, but manageable. Very shady trail with a few openings to grab some vitamin D!

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Charles Brown
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this location. Nice views of the lake and majority of trail very well shaded. Not well marked throughout the trail. Great leisurely hike.

Ethan Bone
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HikingClosedOff trail

The trails are okay, I enjoyed the views of the lake and dam. I heard cars, boats, and people most of the time; so that was slightly distracting. You do have to cut across a few parking lots/roads here and there. One small section of the trail was cut off from what I presume is a fallen tree, so they have that part closed for now. There are a few good views of Lake Lanier, you just might want to come on a non busy day.

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Andrew Menke
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Hiking

This is an awesome trail! Of course, it does cross civilization from time to time, but still a lot of great views. I suggest it to everyone!

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Debbie Hoffman
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Hiking

Until yesterday, it had been years since we hiked this trail. Yesterday we had some trouble and this ended up being a 5 mile hike for us. If someone could chime in and let us know where we went wrong, it would be greatly appreciated. We parked in the lot, on the right, right before the Dam and crossed the street and started off on the trail going to the right, followed the trail and after crossing through the first small parking lot and then continuing we then came upon two boat launching ramps and this is where we got lost. Like I said, we finally decided to walk backwards until we got back to Buford Dam road, and ended up walking back on the road back to the parking lot. I’m wondering if next time we’ll start off going left out of the parking lot. But any tips as to where we went wrong would be helpful. Other than our mistake, this is a great, beautiful, enjoyable hike.

Richelle Jurasek
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Hiking

Be very careful with where you park to hike this trail. We parked just outside of the entrance to the Lower Overlook on the right-hand side in a smaller dirt lot. There were multiple other cars parked there, also, but we were ticket $330 - apparently a federal violation because the National Army Corp controls this particular region of the lake. You can ONLY park in the designated spots within the parking lot. I do not recommend this hike because the trail is not well marked. There are multiple off-shoots that look like they are continuations of the loop, but they end up taking you either down a single path to the water or around separate smaller-loops. There are also multiple parking lots that they have to walk through, which distracts from the beauty of the hike.

Mary Byrd
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Hiking

I hiked this on Memorial Day weekend. We parked in the lot off Powerhouse Road. Plenty of spaces and direct access to the trail. Many pretty water views and good shade on a hot day.

Sanjay Ahuja
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Hiking

Great trail.. the parking is open now. The trail Gives some great glimpses of the lake and one can touch and feel the water along the trail. It was our first but surely will go back a few more times. It takes about 2 -3 hours depending on your speed and taking breaks.

J L
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Hiking

It was cloudy, We were the first car to get there, five people, hike2.5 hours, 8.24 miles.it was a great experience.

Steven Martinello
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Hiking

Started at the east bank boat ramp and took a revised shorter laurel ridge path. Ended up going up a massive hill with the power line clearing. Great 2.5 mile hike with plenty of scenery and lake viewing. Would recommend again.

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Scott Trump
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Hiking

All parking areas in the area were closed the day that we went but parking was being permitted along the road outside the parking area that this trail starts. Parts of the trail are closed and either very well marked with a quick detour. Also a part down by the dam that wasn't readily apparent that it was closed but found out that the boardwalk we were on wasn't safe. The end was boarded over... the beginning was at some point boarded over as well but the boards were taken off by someone. I wouldn't recommend going out there. Some great views of the lake but the hike is a little odd in that it kind of hops between parking areas and family pavilions and recreation areas.

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Alex Hall
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Hiking

Great hike with excellent views of the lake. Parked at the East boast ramp and followed the trail behind the bathrooms to the trailhead.

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Beth Kilkenny
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Hiking

Great trail! If you park at the east boat ramp the trail starts left of the ramp up a little bit. You do not have to follow the power lines as stated in a previous review

Cassie R
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HikingOff trail

Most main entrances are closed off, but as one of the other commenters mentioned, you can still access it by parking at the East Bank boat ramp parking! Once you park there, you go up & follow the power lines for a ways until you get to a small stream, then make a right into the woods. I used the overlay on the app to gauge the general direction to head from there. We cut through the woods & eventually a path becomes clearer that hugs the outside of the lake.

Kelsey Liseo
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Hiking

Definitely not closed! We started at the lower overlook off Buford dam! Took our 6 and three year old and they had a blast! So much to see, marked very well, some bridges were out but there were marked detours.

Lisa and Karl Zimmerman
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Hiking

This trail is NOT closed, despite the All Trails heading as of 3/21/2020. The Buford Dam Park parking lot is closed but the trail is accessible from the East Bank boat ramp/parking (legal parking) and other no-so-legal parking along the road. We chose to get to the trail by going down the power line cut (a rather strenuous down/up hill lasting about 1/4 of a mile, turn right onto a paved road and picking up the trail about 30 yards further. Very enjoyable trail, well marked, heavily used, great scenery.

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Rachel Flippin
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Hiking

I love this trail and walk it often. I went to walk it yesterday (3/18) and the gate to the parking lot was locked “due to the coronavirus” according to the note on the gate. I was disappointed because getting outside and exercising is one of the things we actually can do safely right now.

Mariann Norman
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Hiking

Great trail. A few bridges out due to flooding and trees down but easy to detour around.

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Geetarani Yumkhaibam
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Hiking

Good hike. Bridges under the water, so had to take minor detour.

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David Burke
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Jessica Sisler
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A good hike with few people on the trail. Due to flooding and an elevated lake level, some bridges and trail areas are under water but you can go around them. We will be back!

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