11 Hiking on Lake Lanier

Hiking on Lake Lanier, photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Corps of Engineers owns the shoreline of Lake Lanier, and they maintain walking trails at several locations.  Don Carter State Park and county parks on the lake also provide trails.  Guests and locals can also enjoy nine trails at Lanier Islands.

Buford Dam Hiking Trails

If you are looking for a nice walk, there are two trails at the south end of the lake where you’ll have wonderful views of the Buford Dam.

  • Buford Dam Trail:  1 mile trail through Lower Pool Park and beneath the Buford Dam.  Access the trailhead from Lower Pool Park.
  • Laurel Ridge Trail:  3.8 mile trail loop that takes you past the Buford Dam, along a part of the Chestatee River and through Buford Dam Park, Lower Overlook Park and Upper Overlook Park.  Note: Sorry, dogs are not permitted on this trail.

If you’re planning to visit Buford Dam:

  • An easy place to access Laurel Ridge Trail is Lower Overlook Park, which doesn’t charge for parking.
  • Address:  1060 Buford Dam Road, Buford, GA 30515
  • Phone:  (770) 945-9531
  • Operated by:  US Army Corps of Engineers

Don Carter State Park Hiking Trails

Don Carter State Park at the northern end of the lake has 4-miles of hiking trails:

  • Woodland Loop:  1 mile, paved
  • Terrapin Cove Trail:  1 mile, natural
  • Overlook Trail:  1/8 mile, paved
  • Lakeview Loop Trail:  1/2 mile, paved
  • Huckleberry Trail:  3/4 mile, natural

Don Carter State Park:

Lanier Islands Hiking Trails

Lanier Islands has multiple hiking and walking trails on their Buford property.  Follow the links below to find out more information about the trails at Lanier Islands.

If you’re planning to visit Lanier Islands, these details will help:

Other Trails Around the Lake

Many of the parks around the lake have walking trails that border the lake.  Two of these include Little Ridge Park and Laurel Park.

Little Ridge Park has a one-mile trail around the park, offering views of the water and a number of different opportunities to observe the wildlife.

There is also a 1-mile paved, concrete path loop at Laurel Park in Gainesville, where on a nice day you’ll find many locals walking and jogging the loop.

  • Address: 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30506
  • Phone: (770) 535-8280
  • Operated by: Hall County, Georgia

 

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