Lake Russell Recreation Area Trails

Chatahoochee National Forest, Georgia 30538

Lake Russell Recreation Area Trails

Lake Russell Recreation Area Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The Lake Russell Recreation Area is a USDA Forest Service facility in the eastern section of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The area contains 100-acre Lake Russell and 3-acre Nancy Town Lake. The facility has a 42-site seasonal campground as well.

The featured hike consists of a portion of the Nancy Town Lake walking trail and the Sourwood Trail, forming a 3.7-mile lollipop. The official Sourwood Trailhead is in the camping area at the north end of the lake, but the road to it is closed from the end of October to the first of April. The parking area at the dam on the south end of Nancy Town Lake is open year-round, providing access to the Sourwood Trail."

More Lake Russell Recreation Area Trails Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Lake Russell Recreation Area is a USDA Forest Service facility in the eastern section of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The area contains 100-acre Lake Russell and 3-acre Nancy Town Lake. The facility has a 42-site seasonal campground as well.

Lake Burton, Moccasin Creek State Park, and Lake Burton Fish Hatchery are a few yards away. Aside from RV and tent camping at Moccasin Creek State Park, there is trout fishing in a section of the creek reserved for children under age twelve and senior citizens. At the hatchery there is a pond just for children’s fishing. Boating, sight-seeing, and quality fishing are at Lake Burton."

"This mellow loop trail leads to a beaver pond along Nancy Town Creek, as well as Nancy Town Falls, a secluded, 20-foot cascade. The trail takes you through diverse habitat, from your typical pine-hardwood mix to clearer areas of oaks and hickory trees to creekside corridors of mountain laurel and rhododendron."

Lake Russell Recreation Area Trails Reviews

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3/21/2002
I hike this trail every Spring and Summer and it is especially nice if there has been a decent amount of rainfall through the Spring. The hike from the parking area ($2 fee) is very moderate and follows the creek to where the maintained trail ends at a nice sized waterfall. It is a short hike but a nice option is to start your hike from the Nature Trail rather than the final parking area at the end of the gravel road that leads you in. After reaching the end of the maintained trail, there is always the option of pushing on. There appears to be a split in the trail past the waterfall. One trail crosses the creek and puts you on the left side of the creek and the second trail is quite steep and winds up and down the right side of the creek. Both routes require crossing over and under fallen trees often. It's a tough hike on this part of the trail but you definitely will have it all to yourself.
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11/3/2001
I't was a nice hike and beutiful falls. Not to long but a good day hike.
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Trail Information

Chatahoochee National Forest
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.7
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Camping
Additional Use
USDA Forest Service, Chattooga River Ranger District, 9975 US 441 South, Lakemont 30552; (706) 754-6221; www.fs.usda.gov/conf
Local Contacts
USGS Ayersville; page-size maps available from the Chattooga River Ranger District office in Clarksville
Local Maps

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Oct 2018