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

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hiking
16 days ago

Stunning views, beautiful waterfall, streams and lake! We hiked with our sons, one of which is 15 month and 28 lbs and it was very comfortable.
There are a good number of down trees but we just walked around them. The tail is well marked and in the winter walking around a down tree is not the end of the world. Our family will definitely be back!

on Palmetto Trail

hiking
16 days ago

The hike was amazing. Their were several trees down across the trails but it did not stop the people from coming out. Beware of people with dogs not on leashes. The trail is easy for beginner such as myself and just a good walk for the experienced. Highly recommend this area.

hiking
24 days ago

Really enjoyed the trail. A few places where trees had fell and covered the trail.

today we walked all the way to Vaughn's gap. great day. tough incline.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail deserves five stars, let's be honest...as long as you don't turn left to go up to Vaughns Gap. The parking lot is easy to access. Trail access is simple, just walk through the gate and head down the road and you are well on your way. The ponds are stunning, we were just there as the leaves were trying to turn. Saw some beaver sign as well as other wildlife. Chose to stay as the sunset at the first lake for dinner and watched some Canadian Geese fly in. However.........prior to the beautiful sunset and dinner we did backpack to Vaughns Gap. I don't recommend this unless you have the following: Good boots, strong thighs (for squats under trees), great lungs (for inclines) and a chainsaw. There is still ALOT of deadfall as mentioned in prior reviews; some is too low to go under but too high to go over (squats come in handy here), some are slippery (good boots here) and some are just in the dang way (insert chainsaw). There really is nothing to see at Vaughns Gap, it is just a gap, in the woods, covered with trees. Do the lake trails guys, beautiful. We didn't see many people as it was threatening rain and late in the afternoon when we started. We didn't make the waterfall as we did pack out in the dark but we will go back, at least to the lakes. Happy trails!

I know we had some bad weather come through and the trail has not been cleaned up yet. We understand that completely. however, a word of caution, we walked a little over 5 miles yesterday and found no less than 40 ticks on our 3 dogs, 2 on myself. Having had RMSF and lived, I try not to be paranoid about ticks but I will not be heading back out there till winter at a minimum. Another word of caution is the poison ivy and oak that lines both sides of the trail for miles. There is literally no escape right now. Thankful we were wise enough to wear hiking pants. Great trail for most levels just these two things that need to be considered mid-summer.

trail running
7 months ago

Good little trail... slightly too many roots and rocks for trail running... have to be careful for ankles. No cell service in the area so make sure people know where you are going if you get injured. Nice waterfall!

hiking
9 months ago

A great workout! Could not believe how quiet this trail was on a. Sunday afternoon. Some trees to climb over, rocky and some areas were steep, a great fun and some pretty views. Another local treasure

A great place to visit seeing as it's only a 20 minute drive from the house! A short walk to the ponds from the parking area with well maintained gravel roads. My only "gripe" is that i prefer trails with some obstacles and a bit of challenge. However will definitely be bringing my mother along when she comes!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Enjoyed the hike. Peaks at a road with no view. Trail itself is pleasant. Through Forrest with good ascent at end

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Never got to it! I drove an hr and this took me to someones house in a scary neighborhood, therefore I couldn't even
ask if they trail was close by. VERY DISAPPOINTED

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

great hike, we only saw 2 people in our 6 miles of walking, it was

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