2016 Midwest Weekender "Onyx"
2016 Midwest Weekender "Onyx"
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Just stepping stones away from the shores of Lake Lanier, a short drive from the immense Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, only 35 miles from Atlanta and 50 miles from Athens, Buford, GA, is the perfect place rent an RV. The town overlaps the borders of Gwinnett and Hall counties with forested mountain ranges to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and plenty of rivers, lakes, mountains, and cities in between. Once an industrial town which prospered from the leather industry, Buford now boasts an elegant main street lined with stylish boutiques, chic restaurants, and upscale stores. When you book an RV rental in Buford you’ll have the chance to see modern art exhibitions and live music performances in the center of town as well as the opportunity to drive with ease to breathtaking areas of natural beauty and spend your Buford motorhome rental vacation sleeping under the stars.
Most visitors book an RV in Buford and drive to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests just under 70 miles from Buford. This rugged woodland is a hive for recreational activities, from casual day hikes to grueling multi-day treks, water sports, and off-roading. The area is made up of over 860,000-acres of land, spanning across a total of 26 counties, and hosting an impressive 850 miles of trails. This includes a section of the famous Appalachian Trail. These national forests are also sprinkled with campgrounds and scenic driving routes. You can take your Buford travel trailer rental to the highlights of this natural area using one of the forest’s scenic byways. Among the best are the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway which passes Georgia’s highest point at Brasstown Bald, the Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway which offers stunning views of the Cohutta Mountains, and the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway which covers many battlefields from the Civil War along the Armuchee Ridges of the Appalachian Mountains.
For adventure seekers who prefer to get off the beaten path, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests area hosts many of Georgia’s wilderness areas including the Blood Mountain Wilderness, Ellicott Rock Wilderness, and Cohutta Wilderness. Each wilderness area is biologically unique and home to endangered species, rare plants, and almost untouched nature. There are also primitive camping areas for a restricted number of people per day. The park hosts a section of the Benton MacKaye Hiking Trail as well as several day hikes around the park. Plus, the Chattahoochee National Forest is brimming with rivers, creeks, streams, and lakes so there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, kayaking, boating, or even water-skiing.
If you've got some days to spare of your vacation with the luxury RV rental in Buford then you can take a drive to the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Center which is located just east of Atlanta. The heritage center contains The Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and the Panola Mountain State Park, both of which are praised for their unique geology and rare plants. This site is of historical significance and also features over 30 miles of biking trails. It hosts the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, which is home to Trappist Monks, and the Flat Rock Archives, which tell the stories of slaves who built their community there.
For shorter excursions with your Buford RV rental by owner, you can drive to Buford Dam Park Shelters. This is an excellent spot for picnics, swimming, and lake views. Alternatively, practice disc golf at Suwanee Creek Park, or go for a gentle hike around Little Mulberry Park.
There are numerous places to set up camp in your Buford RV rental and stargaze after a fun-filled day in the fresh air of Georgia. Some of the most scenic RV campgrounds are located on the banks of Lake Lanier which sits beneath the majestic Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. Sites in this area include Sawnee Campground, Twin Lakes Park & RV, Shady Grove RV Park, and Bald Ridge Creek Campground. Most sites offer electric hookups (with or without sewer and water), dump stations, picnic areas, laundry facilities, bathrooms, and showers. Lakeside campgrounds are also prepared with kayak, canoe, and boat rentals as well as boat ramps.
The Chattahoochee National Forest has campsites suitable for RVs, with electric and water hookups, in the Blue Ridge Rangers District, Chattooga River District, and Oconee Rangers District. Mountain View Campground and Wildcat Lodge and Campground are both easy to reach from Buford.
Don’t forget to check out Buford town center. One of Buford’s most popular attractions is the Bona Allen Mansion. This historic building and centerpiece of Buford is located on the edge of Main Street. Nowadays this exclusive venue is mostly used for private booking and grand wedding parties, but on weekdays the 17-room Italian-inspired mansion is open for visits. Visitors may also like to learn about history at the Buford History Museum, check out local events at Buford Community Center, or catch a live concert at the Town Park and Theatre.
If you're ready for some serious shopping the Mall of Georgia is right on the doorstep of Buford with over 200 stores plus a movie theater. To keep the kids entertained and the family active, Buford offers a few city parks with recreational facilities ranging from indoor gyms to tennis and basketball course, plus an amphitheater. You might also like to book a session at the local escape room venue in town, build your navigation skills at the Buford Corn Maze, or test your nerves on the Treetop Quest adventure park in Gwinnett.