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Richard B Russell State Park
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2650 Russell State Park Rd
Elberton, Georgia   30635

Phone: 706-213-2045
Reservations: 800-864-7275
Located on a 26,500-acre lake, Richard B. Russell State Park offers some of the state?s finest fishing and boating. The park?s campground and fully equipped cottages are located on or near the water?s edge for a relaxing getaway. A nature trail follows the shoreline to one of the oldest steel pin bridges in the area, loops through the adjoining woods and returns to the beach. The park's 18-hole championship golf course, Arrowhead Pointe, was named 2nd Best New Affordable Public Course in America by Golf Digest in 2005. The course features a LEED Certified clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior citizen discounts. Several Indian sites were excavated near the park in 1980 before the lake was filled, indicating that Paleo-Indians lived in the area more than 10,000 years ago. This area is now called Rucker?s Bottom and lies deep within the waters of Lake Richard B. Russell. All park facilities are designed for wheelchair accessibility, including the swimming beach.
History of the Area
Before its establishment as a park, the land was primarily rural and used for agriculture. The area is named after Richard Brevard Russell Jr., a prominent Georgia politician who served in both state government and the U.S. Senate.

Historical features of interest include remnants from early European-American settlers and Native American inhabitants prior to their forced removal along trails like the Trail of Tears.

The park officially opened in 1984, offering recreational activities centered around Lake Richard B. Russell-a reservoir created by damming the Savannah River which also bears Senator Russell's name.

Facilities have expanded to include camping sites, cottages, picnic areas, hiking trails; golfing became available with Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course opening within its boundaries.

Conservation efforts are evident through maintained habitats that support local wildlife such as deer or various bird species while providing educational opportunities about regional ecology.
Golf Course
The 6,800-yard course is situated on a peninsula within the state park and the water views are stunning, with 10 of the 18 holes skirting Lake Richard B. Russell. Bob Walker?s design has been compared to the more expensive courses at Lake Oconee because of the challenging layout and the scenic vistas. One exception to that comparison is that there are no visible lakefront houses from any vantage point on the course, consistent with the state park golf course theme of ?no crowds, no houses, no noise.?

Arrowhead Pointe was also named in's Top 10 Courses in Georgia, alongside such venerable courses as Augusta National, East Lake, TPC at Sugarloaf and Ocean Forest. And Arrowhead Pointe is the only public course on the list.

Full-Service Golf Shop: Features golf accessories, restaurant and group/individual lessons (with advance appointment).

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Hours may vary according to season. Open daily except Christmas Day.

Tee Times: Reservations taken seven days a week - recommended on weekends and holidays.

Overnight Accommodations:17 cottages and 28 campsites

Course Layout:Holes: 18 Yards: 6,788 Rating: 72.5 Slope: 134 Par: 72
1. Campsites: 28 tent, trailer, and RV campsites with electric and water hookups.
2. Pioneer Camping: Primitive camping area for groups only.
3. Cottages: Fully equipped cottages near the lake shore.
1. Richard B Russell State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming in the 26, 500-acre Lake Russell.
2. Lifeguards are not provided; swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is free with park admission fee.
4. The lake also allows boating and fishing activities besides swimming.
5. There's no pool available, only natural water bodies for swimming options within this state park.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is a boat ramp available, allowing guests to bring their own vessels and explore the 26,500-acre Richard B Russell Lake at leisure. Canoes and kayaks are also welcome on these waters. For those who prefer motorized boats or fishing trips, there's plenty of space as well; however no private docks are allowed in order to maintain the natural scenic beauty of the shoreline.
The park offers a variety of fishing options in its 26,650-acre lake. Anglers can catch largemouth bass and crappie. There are also opportunities for bream and catfish fishing. Boat ramps provide easy access to the waterbody.

Richard B Russell State Park is located near Abbeville, Elberton and Hartwell

Richard B Russell State Park offers numerous picnic spots with grills, tables and stunning lake views. Shelters are available for rent.
In this park, biking is limited to paved roads and parking areas. Off-road cycling isn't permitted due to safety concerns.

The terrain can be hilly so caution should be exercised especially when descending slopes or during wet conditions.

Bike rentals aren't available on-site; visitors are advised to bring their own bicycles if they wish to explore the area in this manner.

There's no designated bike trail within the park boundaries which means cyclists must share roadways with motor vehicles - always remain alert!

Remember that helmets are not just recommended but required by law for riders under 16 years of age in Georgia.

While enjoying your ride, respect wildlife from a distance and do not disturb them as you pass through their habitat.

Lastly, ensure you have enough water supply before setting off since there may lack refill stations along routes.
1. Blackwell Bridge Trail: A 0.75-mile trail that offers a scenic walk through the woods, featuring views of Lake Richard B Russell and an opportunity to spot local wildlife.

2. Beaver Pond Nature Trail: Approximately 1 mile in length, this looped nature path takes hikers around a beaver pond where signs of beavers' activity can often be seen.

3. Bluebird Loop Trail: This is a short and easy walking trail less than half a mile long; it's perfect for families or individuals looking for leisurely strolls with lake vistas.

4. Natural History Nature Trail: Spanning about 0.5 miles, this educational pathway provides interpretive signage detailing the diverse flora and fauna found within the park's ecosystem.

5. Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course Pathways: These are not traditional hiking trails but offer walkers paved paths along parts of the golf course landscape; lengths vary depending on chosen route.

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