The historic brick buildings of Tannery Row now house charming shops selling unique crafts from local artisans.

Welcome to Buford

Small suburban city with lots of retail and recreation

Buford is a suburban city located close to Lake Lanier in the northeast of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Buford blossomed as an industrial center in the late 19th century and was known as the “New York of Gwinnett.” The leather crafting stores of Tannery Row were at the heart of Buford’s early economic boom. The historic brick buildings of Tannery Row now house charming shops selling unique crafts from local artisans. Buford is also home to the Mall of Georgia, which features over 200 businesses. Buford locals take great pride in the Buford High School football team, winner of 11 state high school football championships. Lake Lanier provides many recreation opportunities and comes alive during the winter for the enchanting Magical Night of Lights. 


Real estate in Buford consists mostly of large single-family homes with attractive contemporary architecture and manicured landscaping. ​​​​​​​

What to Love

  • Friendly suburban atmosphere 
  • The Mall of Georgia
  • Charming historic downtown
  • Lake Lanier

People & Lifestyle

Buford is a small city with a huge amount to offer. Between the Mall of Georgia and diverse downtown stores and restaurants, everything you could ever want is located within the city. Buford also boasts access to nature trails, parks, and water-based recreation on beautiful Lake Lanier.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Buford is a diverse shopping and dining hub with a wide variety of restaurants and retailers. Buford’s historic downtown district is centered on Main Street. Standout eateries include Aqua Terra Bistro for classic American meat and seafood dishes with an international twist. Bare Bones Steakhouse in the old Bona Allen tannery offers the finest quality steaks cooked over a woodfire grill as well as delicious house-made sauces and decadent desserts. The Mall of Georgia is an upscale shopping destination with hundreds of stores spread over three levels. The Mall is the largest in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, with anchor tenants including Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, and Von Maur department stores. The Mall also has many fashion brands, specialty stores, restaurants, and an IMAX movie theater. Located close to the Mall is 

Provinos, a family-favorite Italian spot with delicious pasta and seafood dishes. Luigi’s A Slice of Italy is another great choice for Italian cooking in the heart of Buford with handcrafted pizzas, pasta, salads, and calzones. ​​​​​​​

Things to Do

Lake Lanier is a 38,000-acre reservoir constructed on the Chattahoochee River in the 1950s. More than 10 million visitors come to Lake Lanier every year for activities such as boating and jet skiing. The lake hosted rowing and sprint canoeing events during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and a variety of canoeing, kayaking, and dragon boat racing world championship events. The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue also hosts the annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat FestivalBuford Dam Park on Lake Lanier has picnic pavilions and access to scenic trails winding through woodlands and alongside rivers with great views across the lake. The 1,500-acre Lake Lanier Islands Resort features a beachfront bar and restaurant, campsites, marina docks, and a picturesque golf course. The Lake Lanier Islands Magical Night of Lights is a popular holiday tradition with carnival rides, bonfires, and visits from Santa. In Downtown Buford, Tannery Row Artist Colony features 21 artist studios in former 19th-century leather tannery buildings. Tannery Row Artist Colony is a great place to visit and pick up unique handicrafts. On Saturday afternoons, Tannery Row offers a festival-like atmosphere with live music and refreshments. Other special events taking place at Tannery Row throughout the year include juried art exhibitions and photography shows. ​​​​​​​


  Public schools in Buford are operated by the Buford City and Gwinnett County school districts.

  • Ivy Creek Elementary School, Public, PK-5 
  • White Oak Elementary School, Public, PK-5 
  • Twin Rivers Middle School, Public, 6-8 
  • Buford High School, Public, 9-12



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