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horseback riding
3 months ago

We ride here quite often and enjoy it. There is minimal traffic and is very conducive for horses.

The trail is in very bad shape after the Hurricane that came through. you can see where they are trying to repair it. If you park on near the damn and try to run it after a short distance there is a bridge out.

Also, the signage is very poor. You are on the road a lot and you don't know your still on the trial.

horseback riding
5 months ago

Since Irma Hurricane there are several big trees down on Frady Branch Trail had to turn around and double back

The bridges were broken and very poorly maintained. I wouldn't go back. Was not impressed in any way. Very disappointed. A lot of vandalism to the shelters.

There is a 5 mile loop, and a 1 mile loop around the little lake with the dam. Because of the rain we just went around the lake, had a blast with the family, looking forward to going back and covering the 5 mile loop. Two really nice shelters with fireplaces around the lake I was very disappointed to see the vandalism/spray paint. Sensed the atmosphere being a little dark, still had an amazing time with my family.

8 months ago

This is by no means an easy trail. There are some significant changes in elevation, some especially steep climbs in the clockwise direction, on a pretty rutted and washed out trail. Signage is a little confusing in two spots, first where the loop begins, the again where it joins the road about halfway through. Some very pretty spots but I've yet to see ladyslippers, despite having done this trail when they should be blooming.

I agree with another reviewer, don't bother with the west side. The area on the east side, between the two dams is the nicest part, and away from the rv camping and picnic areas. Park in the lot and take the stairs down and cross the water. This part of the trail is right by the water for almost two miles. Beautiful trout lilies in spring.

I have no idea where the other reviewers have been, but the Nancytown Falls loop trail, as shown on the trail map to the right on this page, has two small but very scenic waterfalls. The loop is not around the lake. One waterfall is at the eastern junction of Nancytown Lake Road and the trail, right by the bridge, a second much nicer one about midway through the loop. The section between the first and second falls is a good wild flower spot, with crested iris, trillium, azaleas and some incredibly pretty asarum.

Nice scenery. Poorly marked in several places. Milage is misreported and is closer to 8.5 miles. Do Nancytown Loop instead.

Very poorly maintained trail but some pretty scenery.

There is not a set of waterfalls, only the water running over the dam. Very poorly maintained trail.

10 months ago

Trail is very poorly maintained.

Nice quiet trail through the Russell woods. The falls were nice. Azaleas were in full bloom so that was a treat.

10 months ago

West side of the lake wasn't spectacular. Too close to the rec area w/ a section down the access road to the dam. The trail below the spillway to the footbridge was overgrown w/ privet, kudzu and poison oak. The east side was a pleasant, well graded and maintained trail. Stayed along the lake most of the way w/ lots of turtles and waterfowl.

11 months ago

Great hike! Good parking!

The trail is an easy hike. Nice scenery and pretty well maintained. I agree with above that the trail could use some better marking, as sometimes it merges with the road and you're not sure exactly where to go. Great for the Boy Scout 5mi requirement.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Enjoyed very much.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The first time I did this trail was on a bike and I started at Nancy town. This time we hiked it and started at the stairs. Once you crossed the damn the trail continues on gravel rd which makes you think you are lost. Once finally you are out the woods by the fishing pier the trail picks up back a little way down to your right (faded blue marker). At this point you have the option to continue on the rd to your car or go down the trail and use the tree stump to cross over to the other side which will take you back to where the stairs are.

Monday, February 20, 2017

I took the path by the trailhead sign to start off instead of going down the stairs and over the creek. (first time....didn't know any better)

However, this had me hitting all of the elevation in the first half of the hike, rather than the last. it veers off the lake and goes up a ridge, then you cross a forestry road (159?) and follow a gravel road for at least a mile. after that it crosses another dam and you walk back along the shoreline for the remainder of the lake.

I would almost rate this as a moderate hike( but I'm out of shape so every hike is hard)

The scenery is nice, but be sure to have a gps or trail map, because it's easy to get lost.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Every Trail is worth at least two stars. God's creations are always a pleasure to view! However, this trail "is nothing to write home about." It's beyond poorly marked. So, if you plan to come and hike this trail I strongly recommend that you have a full battery on your GPS (if you plan to finish it). There's a split in the trail about 2.7m in and it will lead you to the last mile of the loop, almost cutting the hike in half.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great trail with nice climbs and soft forest floor with a water crossing or two to really make it fun.

horseback riding
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nicely maintained trails

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Good workout. Lot of uphill the first mile and on the way back up the mountain. Would not call this an easy trail. Lake Russell trail is easier. Definitely use the app to stay on course. There aren't many markers to direct you. P.S. Lot of acorns on the trail today. Some were the stuff of squirrel legend. As big as a squirrel head. Bring some home to your hometown squirrels so they can know the legend is REAL. :)

mountain biking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

The views are beautiful. Is a bit challenging trail and it does require to walk at times to cross over obstacles. The path is cover with leaves so one has to be careful specially going downhill.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Parts of this trail were beautiful, but we could not find where the trail loop went back into the woods after we hit the newer gravel road. The ap showed us where it should have been, but there was too much dense overgrowth to find the path. We walked about a mile down the gravel road before realizing we'd gotten off course. (We had my phone in back pack at that time.) We turned around and wound up disappointed to go back the way we came because we could not find the other part of the leatherwood loop.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Terribly marked. As the sun started to go down, we couldn't find our way out. What was suppose to be a 3 hour hike turned into 6 hours. Very disappointed. However, just around the corner is a short, well-marked trail called Nancytown Falls Trail. It isn't listed on ALLTrails...but it's worth seeking out. It's located on a gravel road (probabaly a Forrest Service Rd), but there are only a couple spots to park. Very short hike (approx. 1.0 mi. in and out) with a beautiful waterfall about 0.5 mi. in from the trailhead.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

I would skip the loop, park at the Nancytown Lake, pick up trail here below dam, hike to Russell Lake dam and back instead of the loop. Very little traffic on far side of lake, LOTS of deer, turtles, ducks, herons, frogs, and evena few rat snakes. The final bit before approaching Russell Lake dam was a bit high (July) but watched 2 deer drinking water just above dam, wading in water for a good 5 mins. If you cross the dam, you walk on a jeep road, then cross road and have to navigate a lot od downed trees and a lot of rubbish along lake from fishermen. I have hiked around lake multiple times and decided the Nancytown and back is far more enjoyable. You will not only walk along lake, along the various inlets, but also into the woods - was a surprising variety of environments. Easily did the 6 miles (from Nancytown Group campsite picking up Loop trail) in under 2hrs. Of you park at the Nancytown Lot, can cut off at least 3/4 of a mile from my route.

Sadly, I did encounter fair amount of of beer cans, bottles, and general trash at certain spots - be a champ and bring a trash bag to tote out what you see. I ran out of room.

Elevation is negligible.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lots of horse droppings on trail. Yuck.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Part of walk is along service road. Nothing much to see.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The trail had an entirely new gravel road cut-in which prevented us from following the appropriate signage and therefore after almost 7 Miles we stopped and asked another forest patron to give us a ride back to our vehicle. This trail is not conducive to hiking as it is conducive to horses. There are tons of flies and graveyards and vultures and over grown sort of creepy enclaves. This trail is not well-kept and the road parts are 90% of the experience. Walking at a hiker's pace with the blaring Georgia hot sun when you have a dog and you need some water occasionally is not a good fit for this scenario. We were expecting a bustling awesome Creek experience and it was like a tiny little Garden hose in the desert. And the humidity was unbelievable: Very little shade and very little relief. Flies were buzzing around our heads; gnats flew in our eyes,and things were biting us nearly the entire hike. I uploaded several pictures. The best hiking trail around Toccoa is Panther Creek hands down. Do not go to this trailhead unless you are a master satellite GPS cartographer.

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