Lake Russell Trails - GA

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. 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.


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We first hiked the Lake Russell Trail which is a very nice loop around the lake approximately 4.6 miles.
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The trail passes below the Lake Russell Dam.
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A nice view of the creek below the dam.
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For most of the loop, you are near the water.
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Below Nancytown Dam, the bridge has been washed to the side and we had to rock-hop across the creek. (no one got wet!)
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Next, we hiked the Sourwood Trail which is a 2.7 mile loop consisting of rolling woodlands and includes Nancytown Falls and Creek.
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A nice spot along Nancytown Creek.
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Another typical view along the creek!
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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.


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