Elberton, Georgia Attractions

Elberton, Georgia Attractions
Located close to the border of South Carolina, Elberton, Georgia offers a rich history, dating back to the 1700's. Old colonial homes still dot the area, giving you an idea of what the area looked like during the Revolutionary War. The area features a rich mix of outdoor recreation, thanks to two state parks featuring large water reservoirs. Enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, waterskiing, boating, and fishing, or exploring the area's early history at the restored Nancy Hart Cabin, south of Elberton.

Richard B. Russell State Park

Featuring a 26,650-acre lake, this park offers great opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Give the 18-hole Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course a try as it sits on the peninsula, offering superb lake views. Head to the rowing area and enjoy canoeing or pedal boating. Six miles of hiking and biking trails circle the area, including a trail that follows the shoreline to an old steel pin bridge.

Richard B. Russell State Park
2650 Russell State Park Drive
Elberton, GA 30635
(706) 213-2045
gastateparks.org/info/richbruss/

Bobby Brown State Park

Named after Lt. Robert T. Brown, who died in World War II, this park was formerly the town site of Petersburg, an old plantation town that flourished in the late 1700's. Now a superb recreational area, the Broad and Savannah Rivers meet at the quiet 70,000-acre Clarks Hill Reservoir, offering great fishing, boating, water skiing and other water recreation opportunities. Watch for the foundations of the old town when water levels get low; or hike and explore the area on the short trails surrounding the lake.

Bobby Brown State Park
2509 Bobby Brown State Park
Elberton, GA 30635
(706) 359-3458
gastateparks.org/info/bobbybrown/

Nancy Hart Cabin

A replica of the cabin once built by Nancy Hart, a Revolutionary War spy who captured and killed several Tories at her cabin, offers a glimpse into life in the 1700s. Built near the Broad River, the one-room cabin features Georgia pine tree logs, along with short doors and wooden shutters similar to the way cabins were built in the old days. Hike to the spring a half mile from the log cabin near Wahatchee Creek, from which the Hart family gathered water each day.

Old Dan Tucker Gravesite

For more of the area's history, explore Reverend Daniel Tucker's burial site off of Highway 72, east of Elberton, on a bluff looking over Lake Russell. One of the area's best-known residents, Tucker was born in 1740 and served as a Captain in the Revolutionary War, before taking up farming along the Savannah River. Tucker also ferried people across the Savannah River before bridges were constructed. Tucker was also known for teaching the local slave population, who in turn created the famous folk music song "Old Man Tucker." He died in 1818.

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Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.

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