Buford Dam Park
Everyone should know the answers to two questions. “Where is Buford Dam Park?” and “How long did the Hundred Years War last?”
Let’s see how you did. The Hundred Years War began in 1337 and endured until 1453. That’s 116 years. You knew that, right?
Here’s the biggie. Where is Buford Dam Park?
Ready? It’s near Buford Dam on Lake Lanier!
In spite of failed efforts to change its name to Buford Dang Park, this unique locale is best appreciated by those who won’t be too worried that the dam will fail and they’ll be violently swept downstream by a zillion-jillion gallons of rushing water.
Don’t worry! That probably won’t ever happen. Probably.
If you’re new to the area, Buford Dam is at the south end of Lake Lanier. (Actually, it’s on the south end of Lake Lanier, even if you’ve lived here all your life.)
Buford Dam Park has pavilions that are ideal for family reunions, birthday parties or company gatherings.
Buford Dam Beach
Buford Dam has a fairly small beach area in a relatively protected cove.
While smaller than some other Lake Lanier beaches, Buford Dam Beach is ideal for families as it’s a sort of ringed enclosure and no boats or jet skis are allowed in the area. A great calm and mellow area, unlike many other crowded beach areas on Lake Lanier. A hidden gem!
There’s a $4 per car fee entry.
Shelter Rental Information at Buford Dam Park
RESERVATIONS for shelters can be made by going online to www.recreation.gov or calling 1 (877)-444-6777. Reservations can be made from March through September.
RESERVATION FEES are charged to offset the cost of operating the shelters. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). Payment of the reservation fee does not include day use fees at selected parks.
SHELTER CAPACITY is limited to the maximum number of people allowed.
Sorry, even if your family is a circus, the setup of carnival type equipment is not allowed.
Buford Dam Trails
Laurel Ridge Trail goes through Buford Dam Park and continues through Powerhouse Park and Lower Overlook. Along the 3.8-mile trail you can glimpse beautiful views of the lake, woodland and river scenery, as well as rare wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. The trail winds through several park areas, along the lake’s shoreline and the banks of the Chattahoochee River.
Buford Dam Fishing Pier
There’s also an excellent fishing pier located close by (with a separate parking lot off the main access road). This is one of the top fishing spots on Lake Lanier and worth checking out.
Pets are prohibited throughout the Buford Dam Park area.