Looking for a great trail near Buford, Georgia? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Sawnee Mountain Preserve or Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Buford Dam Park or Bogan Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in Buford ranging from 0.8 to 8.5 miles and from 928 to 1,223 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The trail to the Rock Shelter is off the GEHC Stream Ecology Trail, near the North Pavilion. This recording measures distance to the Rock Shelter from the Stream Ecology trailhead and not round-trip.

Agree that the overall length of the trail prevents its steep inclines from giving it a “moderate” rating. Many roots and rocks. I’m glad I had the App running as not all trail junctions were marked, and the fallen leaves made the trail hard to see in places.

get to the Chattahoochee and go the quarter mile to the ravine. wonderful great heron kept me company.

walking
off trail
over grown
17 days ago

Fun hike along the river and through the woods. But very poorly marked on the part you walk away from the river.

Trails are not marked very well and you never know which trail you are on. We had to use our phone and even then we never ended up on the trail we wanted.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of things to see. The trail is well maintained and kids friendly. I will definitely come back again.

walking
26 days ago

Great trail.

walking
29 days ago

Wonderful trail!! First part near the mall is gravel then it becomes paved all the way to the Environmental Center. Passed a lovely spillway and meanders along the creek. Very nice!!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail . Diverse and balanced but a great workout. Scenic woods and beautiful lake spot points / views

walking
1 month ago

Nice place for an easy walk.

Great hike to the river and back

FINDING PARKING LOT AND TRAILHEADS! do not use Apple maps or Google Maps. Use Waze and enter in 2020 Cleanwater Drive, Buford. Make sure it routes you off Plunkett near Woodward Mill. If you don’t, it could (as it did for me) route you into a No Trespassing water reserve or into a gated apartment complex or to the back of a hotel or smack in the middle of the highway. Based on the trails I took: If you want relatively FLAT with some WATER FEATURES you want the Greenway Spur to N. Ivy Creek Greenway. It’s all paved. But it’s also noisy with road traffic and the backside of the apartment complex. If you want QUIET but GREEN and a little hilly, take Greenway Spur to S. Ivy Creek Greenway yo the Wildlife Observation Trail. It’s all paved. There are bathrooms off the Greenway Spur and at the Nature Center. Check my photos for a full trail map which indicates what is paved and distances.

Not good for downhill mountain biking mostly uphill paved roads

Great trail!! Lots of hills. About 1/2 paved.

Finding new and amazing areas on this trail! Loving it more each time I come

Nice hike but watch your path. This old lady took a pretty bad tumble.

Nice path.

definitely will be coming back!

The last third of the trail is NOT stroller-friendly. The trail is shaded. I saw deer and many squirrels. Good for mountain biking and walking your dog.

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

it needs a little maintenance

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

The trail was just ok for me. I parked at the Lower Overlook and took the trail heading clockwise (south of the parking lot). The trail was decent, but I could tell that it hasn’t really been kept up. The trail has a detour route at about the 1/4 mile mark that was decently signed until you kept walking towards the entry to the pay-to-park beach area (a couple of the signs fell off). Once you get past the detour, the hike continues through the beach area and curves around. The views are nice and there are places to sit and take it all in. The hike continues around the lake and you continue onwards to get to the side where the dam is. The trail continues by crossing a parking lot, and along the way you will have to traverse through an overgrown open field area to continue the trail. The overgrown area wasn’t that bad, but it is narrow. After that area, you continue through the woods and you will cross the road to the other side where Buford Dam/The start of the Chattahoochee River is. This was the best part of the loop to me. It felt like I was in a forest instead of along the lake. Overall, this was an average trail. The trail upkeep could be better from the Corps of Engineers. I was also hoping for better views of the Chattahoochee River/Buford Dam, but those were meh also. Crossing multiple parking lots and the major road also took away from the enjoyment of a nature hike. Nothing was closed other than the one section in the beginning where the downed tree was. Again, that had a short detour so I was able to complete the entire loop in about 1.5 hours.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

it's OK. well kept. paved trail. no shade in the direct sun the full distance . neighborhood houses are on the out skirts of the trail in some place.

hiking
closed
over grown
1 month ago

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