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Lake Russell Recreation Area

Old Lake Russell Rd

Situated along the peaceful shore of the 100-acre Lake Russell, this developed recreation area offers 42 campsites that accommodate both tent and RV camping and a picnic shelter with seating for 30 is available on a first come first serve basis. With a large grass-covered beach and swimming area as well as two paved campground loop roads for easy access to all that this outdoor mecca has to offer in the way of camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and boating (non-motorized/electric watercraft only), this bucolic getaway is sure to become an outdoor destination for the entire family!


Sean Carnes

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Awesome place to watch the eclipse. Park staff was super friendly and chill. My dog loved the water which looked great for a swim or kayak.

Hiking Diva

Saturday, March 3, 2018
ALERT: The campground is closed due to water line damages for BOTH loops. Google "Lake Russell Campground" for the official USFS site with updates. There was no ETA on it opening and was unsure about 2018. Went back for Thurs/Fri - was a bit more crowded, maybe 5 families a day. No smoking is allowed on the beach, despite signage, had to ask several people to move their smoking as I was downwind. None of the trash was picked up from earlier in the week.Not sure if the dude in the golf cart was camp host or what but he spent a lot of time hanging out at a campsite down from me where one visitor was beyond public intoxication. Made me a bit uncomfortable based on comments the drunk made. Bathrooms in beach area are much cleaner than campgrounds- I showered at the beach. B Loop - first time here - lots of trash around, wrappers, debris, broken glass, beer cans and bottles. And lots of the railroad ties are rotten causing major potential problem with injury. The stairs at my site were rotten. Large variety of sizes for campsites. Some are well-shaded, others would be a nightmare in summer. Never found the camp host but it was a Monday.

Bryan Ivie

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
Great local campground facilities but largely useless for camping, as it closes down just as prime Georgia camping weather begins. I had to double check the hours when I saw that they closed in the Fall. Fortunately, they don't close down the hiking trails. If they can get onboard with the schedule followed by most local campgrounds, it would be a great resource for Habersham.

Danielle king

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
Love this place, come here all the time. Very peaceful

Colleen McCoulf

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Hike was much longer than listed only slightly picturesque in my humble opinion but worth seeing and doing. There were some beautuful spots however. You can get confused but reading reviews helped immensely to know I was on the right trail. In all fairness, I usually mountain hike and I only did the Lake Russell Trail. My Pacer recorded 6 miles for which I was unprepared with my dogs on such a hot day. Not sure why they allow bikes on this trail. Also it shpuld be noted I got to the beaitiful part at the end and was too tired hot and ready to be done to take more shots. As you can see it does have its beauty in being a still and colorful lake/s.

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