Buford Dam Park lies just north of Buford Dam on Lake Sidney Lanier. The site features beautiful views of the lake as well as excellent access to swimming, picnicking and boating. The lake, named for the poet, Sidney Lanier, is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and variety of recreational activities. Each year, approximately 11.8 million people come to visit.
Buford Dam Park offers access to a designated swim beach and the Laurel Ridge Hiking Trail. The park also offers a basketball court, soccer field, playground, picnic areas and restrooms.
Please read and heed shelter rules located on the Facility Information tab under Need to Know.
This location is available for advanced reservations only through Recreation.gov.
Shelter reservations cannot be made in person at the park.
Day-Use park fees are not included in shelter reservations and apply to all visitors.
Alcohol, pets, and fireworks are prohibited.
Directional signs placed along park roadways are prohibited.
Amplified live music and P.A. systems are prohibited.
Arrive early as parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Shelters are first-come, first-served on the following Federal holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
Lake Lanier boasts 38,000 surface acres, 690 miles of shoreline and over 100 small islands. Its location in the forested foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains, makes for a beautiful backdrop to any activity.
Nearby attractions include boat ramps, other USACE parks, and Lake Lanier Islands.
Visitors can access the Laurel Ridge Hiking Trail from multiple locations and parks. The trail is a 3.5 mile loop that offers great views of the lake and Chattahoochee River. Fisherman can expect to catch a variety of species including bass, catfish and panfish. Activities include fishing, swimming, wake boarding, kayaking and hiking.
1200 Buford Dam Road Buford GA 30518
For campground inquiries, please call: 770-945-9531
From Georgia Highway 400, take exit 14 to Highway 20 east, turn left onto Sanders Road, at first stop sign turn right on Buford Dam Road. After crossing the dam, turn left when you see Lanier Project Management Office sign.
From Interstate 85, take exit 111 and head north on Lawrencville-Suwanee Road. Continue approximately 10 miles to Buford Dam Road. Turn left on Buford Dam Road, turn right at the Lanier Project Management Officesign.