Explore the most popular birding trails near Buford with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a great walk. We did about 1.25 out and turned around. Beautiful views of the lake. It is posted No Dogs (seems to be part of the park across the road) but we saw no one other than a couple of fishermen thigh-deep in the water. So, whatever...

Beautiful view of lake Lanier and Chattahoochee river. We enjoyed the beach towards the end of our hike.

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.

trail running
26 days ago

Great trail that takes you from views Lake Lanier from the parking lot, around Buford Dam, then along the Chattahoochee River and in and out of the woods with plenty of terrain changes. Nice challenge for trail running. Will definitely go again.

hiking
28 days ago

Great local trail accessible from my back yard!

great little stroll through the woods

hiking
1 month ago

Thank you James S for guiding us today. Beautiful trail.

on Settles Bridge Loop

hiking
1 month ago

Poorly marked trails. Nice hike. All trails intersect at some point so you cannot really get too sidetracked.

hiking
1 month 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

I really enjoyed this trail. As other commenters have mentioned, it isn’t marked very well so there are moments where you may fall off track and wander around picnic and playground areas, however that is only a handful of times. Otherwise, awesome trail. Super pretty when you are right beside the river.

Great easy trail. A little hiking on the wildlife trail. I came across two Doe a deer, a female deer ... you know the rest

Beautiful trail. 3 points to consider: 1. No dogs allowed - which is disappointing. 2. There are a couple of spots where the trail isn't clearly marked - very easy to get side tracked wandering around parking lots. 3. There are some secluded spots where I did not feel comfortable (as a female) being alone - which is why I wish I could take my dog.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was good when it was away from the roads, but it crossed Buford Dam Road in a few places. Also I managed to lose the trail and ended up touring parking lots and boat launches in the area. Would reccomend with better vigilance than I exhibited.

on Laurel Ridge Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This is the second time I hiked this trail. I came across a family of (4) fox. Very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

this was a great little hike and it showed me how my new gear was. was testing out my new hiking boots and putting some wear into it, there was a nice trail of rocky and muddy areas. I recommend to light hiking and moderate , very pretty.

absolutely love it

love this peaceful trail

Decent trail. Would definitely come back. Rainy day so not many people.

trail running
2 months ago

A good run as long as you stay on the main trail; if you head toward the river too much, the trail gets rough and you find yourself going up and down muddy banks and crossing water on logs. The trail is well marked and, on the way back, I saw where I made the wrong turn. All in all a fun run, and I’ll do it again.

on Laurel Ridge Trail

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with plenty of river access and lots of wildlife. We hiked right into a deer who was eating and watched her for awhile. We also saw a blue heron and a hawk! It’s a very easy skill level, just make sure you follow the map to stay on this trail. There are a few other trails toward the beginning that lead up into local neighborhoods and will add a significant amount of mileage and difficulty to your hike. We followed the trail all the way down to the local fish hatchery. If you go down into the hatchery there is also a short nature trail there.

This is a beautiful trail for spring, lots of wildflowers and the woods are so dense and green! Most of the trail is close enough to hear the river, so it’s very peaceful, and there are plenty of side paths that go directly to the edge for nice views. If you hike with dogs, note that they are only allowed on Bowman’s Island Trail, which is managed by the National Parks and costs $5 to access. If you want to visit the base of Buford Dam, that area is right down the same road but managed by the Army Corps, so pets aren’t allowed there.

Great trail. Educational as well. Bird houses, trees, are all labeled with information on the species.

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

Nice, easy, and scenic. We went on a chilly day, so the paths were rather empty.

Decent hike that's on the harder side of easy. There are a few inclines to get your heart rate up. It seems there are images here from the nearby park as well (any including a lake as a huge open river) whereas sticking to the loop trail just has small stream access.
The trail has lots of cut-throughs made by pedestrians that could confuse hikers into thinking the paths aren't marked. But there are enough markers to get where you're going safely.

Awesome trails and pretty, varied scenery! A lot to offer - we actually started off on the path to the Ivy greenway loop but then hung a left to go by the apartments and saw the beautiful mill waterfall! Paved roads are well-kept and easy rides to moderately hilly. We had to walk the bikes a couple of short, high inclines, but we are also novice bikers not in the best shape (yet)!

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