Laurel Ridge Trail on Lake Sidney Lanier

Cumming, Georgia 30041

Laurel Ridge Trail on Lake Sidney Lanier

Laurel Ridge Trail on Lake Sidney Lanier Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Nestled in the Appalachian foothills adjacent to Lake Lanier’s Buford Dam, Laurel Ridge Trail offers a glimpse of the landscape as it appeared before the lake was completed by the Corps of Engineers in 1957.

From the trail section below the dam, a bridge crosses the Chattahoochee River to Bowman’s Island, a unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The lake is named for Georgia-born poet Sidney Lanier, best known for his works “The Song of the Chattahoochee,” “Sunrise,” and “The Marshes of Glynn.”"

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Nestled along upland slopes and wetlands of the Appalachian foothills adjacent to Lake Lanier’s Buford Dam, Laurel Ridge Trail offers a glimpse of the landscape before the massive lake was completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1957. Featuring more than 700 miles of shoreline, the multipurpose lake offers access to parks, picnic areas, and boating facilities. A portion of the trail below the dam follows the course of the Chattahoochee River as it flows from the lake toward Atlanta." Read more

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Trail Information

Cumming
Nearby City
3.8
Distance
256 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Spring and fall
Season
Boating
Additional Use
USGS Buford Dam
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018