December 14, 2004
|HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg,
Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Dave Standard, Bob Thompson, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker.|
TRAIL INFO. - Today's hike was on the Lake Russell Trail and the Sourwood Trail - Total - 8 miles. We rated the trails moderately easy with few hills.
The trails are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in the Lake Russell Recreation area near Cornelia, GA.
Directions: Take Ga 365/U.S. 23 North from Gainesville past Cornelia to Hwy 197. Turn right for approximately 3 miles until dead-end. Right on Dicks Hill Parkway for approx. ¾ mile. Turn left onto the paved Lake Russell Road. .
Another great day for a hike! Fair, breezy and cold all day with temps. ranging from 24 to 35 degrees F.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Canada Goose, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal.
We first hiked the Lake Russell Trail which is a very nice loop around the lake approximately 4.6 miles.
The trail passes below the Lake Russell Dam.
A nice view of the creek below the dam.
For most of the loop, you are near the water.
Below Nancytown Dam, the bridge has been washed to the side and we had to rock-hop across the creek. (no one got wet!)
Next, we hiked the Sourwood Trail which is a 2.7 mile loop consisting of rolling woodlands and includes Nancytown Falls and Creek.
A nice spot along Nancytown Creek.
Another typical view along the creek!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r)kneeling - Dave Standard, Bob Presley, David Whitaker. (l-r standing) Jack Jacobi, Phil Brownrigg, Wayne Miller, Donna Presley, Dan Ross, Dick Metzgar, Geri Whitaker, Bob Thompson, Tony Presley.