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Richard B. Russell State Park

Located on the shores of Lake Russell in Elberton County, this 2,508-acre state park features a range of recreational activities. It includes the 18-hole Arrowhead Pointe golf course, a disc golf course, camping and picnicking as well as a swim beach.

From the parking area take Blackwell Bridge Trail. The trail starts along an old road but soon curves left. Read on to learn more.

Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course

The 6861-yard course is located on a peninsula along the lake’s shoreline within the state park. Designed by Bob Walker, the layout offers many scenic views of the lake and features four sets of tees for golfers of all skill levels.

The wide emerald green fairways are bordered by Georgia pines and the lakes’ waters. The immaculate TifEagle bermudagrass greens are shaped with a variety of elevation changes, and the well-placed bunkers challenge even the most skilled flat stick players.

The campground, picnic areas, and swimming beach are all located on or near the lake’s edge. The state park also features a nature trail that winds around the lake to one of the oldest steel pin bridges in the state.


Camping is a recreational activity that involves staying overnight outdoors in a tent or other temporary shelter. It can be done solo or with family and friends. It’s also an important part of youth organizations like Scouting that teach outdoor skills and self-reliance.

Camping requires that you rely on the basics — finding and purifying water, surviving the elements, and being alone with your thoughts. These are more than just survival skills, they’re life skills that will serve you well no matter where you go in the world.

Richard B Russell State Park offers 28 tents, trailers, and RV campsites along with 20 cottages on a gorgeous 26,650-acre lake. Pets are welcome to camp too! More places to also visit by clicking here.

Disc Golf

For those who love playing Frisbee golf but are tired of carrying heavy clubs around, the park has a well-maintained disc course that can be played with regular Frisbees. Special discs can be purchased at the park office in a variety of colors and shapes.

Located on a beautiful 26,500-acre lake, the park features some of Georgia’s best fishing and boating. The campground and fully-equipped cottages are right on the water’s edge for a relaxing retreat, while a nature trail follows the shoreline to one of the oldest steel pin bridges in the state. The park also has six miles of hiking and biking trails, a swimming beach, a first-class real golf course, and a great disc golf course.

Hiking Trails

Several hiking trails are located at the park including one that leads to a historic 1880 Parrish Mill. Other features include a golf course and a swimming beach. The park also has some of Georgia’s finest fishing and boating, a first-class disc golf course, and camping with fully equipped cottages near the water’s edge.

The park’s campground features 27 RV-friendly campsites in a singular loop and cottages are available to rent for an extra touch of luxury. This campground is located right next to the 26,650-acre Lake Russell and features full hookups.

A hike on the Blackwell Bridge Trail starts from cottage 1 and includes a scenic steel bridge in the back of a cove and some nice hardwood forest scenery.


The park sits on the shores of Lake Russell, and that gives campers some excellent boating and fishing opportunities. The reservoir is relatively undeveloped compared to neighboring Lake Hartwell and Strom Thurmond.

Shallower main-channel locations exhibit stratification at depths of 20 to 30 feet in late April and early May, until the water becomes mixed in September. This is a great location to catch Largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish.

A lighted marina at the campground offers 36 rental boat slips yearly and also includes sewage pump-out facilities, boat fuel, and other amenities. Remember to watch your wake and keep a safe distance* from swimmers and docks.


Located on the shores of a lake, Richard B Russell State Park offers fishing and boating opportunities. Its campground, cottages, and 18-hole golf course attract visitors looking to relax beside the water or play a round on the greens.

Fishing for crappie and bream is good throughout the year. Crappies can be caught in shallow waters (2-8 feet) during the spring when they spawn, and around fish attractors in summer.

The Georgia-South Carolina border waters of Lake Russell offer anglers great recreational fishing opportunities. A reciprocal fishing agreement between the states allows residents of either state to fish all lake waters with a Georgia license. Continue reading the next article.



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