Laurel Ridge Trail on Lake Sidney Lanier

Cumming, Georgia

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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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by Ren and Helen Davis (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cumming
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 256 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring and fall
Local Maps: USGS Buford Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Ridge Trail on Lake Sidney Lanier

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May 2018