Laurel Ridge Trail

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Laurel Ridge Trail is a moderate 4 mile loop located at Buford Dam near Buford, Georgia. The trail is primarily used for Hiking and is accessible year-round. Laurel ridge has two sections: A 2 mile stretch on the river ends when you cross the road to start a 2 mile stretch on the lake side.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Moderate / Kid friendly /

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21 Completed 15 Reviews

Oh, man. I loved this trail. The 3.8 miles is by no means difficult. There are times where the ascents will have your heart rate climbing, but the majority of the hike is level and easy. The views are spectacular! We saw a huge turtle in the lake off of one of the observation decks. Twice the size of a dinner plate, easily. The trail was quiet as far as people are concerned. I only passed one other couple, an elderly couple who was turning around as it was a bit too difficult for them. I could hear traffic throughout the majority of the hike and that was, of course, a bit of a downside. However, I entirely understand it. This is a beautiful place to visit. Four stars because of the noise.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful view beats my elliptical runner any day. So many natural wonders to enjoy.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful, well marked trail...only negative is the no pet policy.

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8 Completed 6 Reviews

May have been just the right time, but had an awesome experience on this trail with my 16 year old daughter. The trail itself was moderate in difficulty, great condition, and we thought all the little bridges and walkways was a nice touch. The only real drawback was coming up on parking lots and crossing the street a couple times (but this is dam territory). The real glory we found on this specific journey was at least 6 deer scattered throughout the trail (one pair was a fawn and doe that stayed close for a few minutes) and even caught eye of a copperhead swimming in a stream as we watched from one of the bridges. Very little trail traffic, and the ones we did come across were cool people just out to exercise and take in nature.

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4 Completed 3 Reviews

I went on this with my and it is so much fun. It is not terribly difficult. It is really pretty and it has wood walks that was made by a boy scout troops. It is a good exercise. Not to much of it is uphill but watch out for roots and branches and rocks. Have fun if you go on it.

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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Decent trail considering high nearby population. Too many man-made structures throughout the trail for my taste. However, it's tough to beat its close proximity for residents of Forsyth and/or Gwinnett County. Choose the Indian Seats Trail at Sawnee Mountain instead.

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13 Completed 13 Reviews

I did this trail with my 8 year old son and he had no problem with it - a bit tired maybe toward the end. Parking is on the right after you cross over the dam. You'll see the trailhead on the left as you drive to the parking area. Follow the blazes and you can't get lost. It will take you a couple of hours or more. A fun hike in Buford/Cumming.

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Well marked and cleared trail. I took my 10 year old son and his friend on it and they did fine, although tired towards the end. I will agree that the parking lots take away from the hike, but it's close to home so I will probably go back. Lightly traveled on the day we went. No dogs:(

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15 Completed 5 Reviews

Nice hike, great views, diverse, moderate trail.

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