Lake Russell Trail #73
ElevationAscent: 333' 101 m
Descent: -328' -100 m
High: 1,128' 344 m
Low: 975' 297 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A singletrack trail circling around the south of Lake Russell.”— Keith Owen
You'll continue to wind along the lake shore and around the coves for a couple of miles. A short downhill dumps you out on the dam. At the end of the dam, there is a spillway and the trail descends to the left to a footbridge. When the water is down, some people opt to run across the dry lake bed, but this is not suggested.
Once on the other side of the spillway, the trail continues on a gated gravel road for about 0.5 mile. When you reach a paved road, the trail continues directly across the road with a short, steep downhill. Continue to wind along drainages with several bridges. As you approach the lakeshore, there will be a short series of three or four concrete steps.
You'll continue along the edge of a campground area then into the developed swimming area. Follow the sidewalk in front of the bathhouse (yield to pedestrians). Continue to follow the trail along the picnic area up a short climb until the trail turns right into the woods along the lake. After some nice singletrack, the trail will arrive at the FS road. Just a ways further down the road, look for the Lake Russell Connector to return runners back to the parking area.
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Land Manager: USFS - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest