Lake Russell Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Baldwin, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 482 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

bird watching

running

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Note: There’s 1 crossing on the dam that you have to walk through water but it is only a couple inches deep.

hiking
blowdown
18 days ago

It is a good trail with great views of the lake. There’s 1 crossing on the dam that you have to walk through water but it is only a couple inches deep. Current conditions made it very difficult to get through, you have to climb over and through large downed trees. It is very easy to get lost as well, I was fortunate to have cell service and keep AllTrails open to be able to know where to go to get back on the trail after navigating through the downed trees.

19 days ago

Trail is no well marked. Possibly because of the downed trees. Needs clean up. Otherwise it would be a good trail.

hiking
blowdown
21 days ago

This is a beautiful trail but in need of some maintenance. LOTS of big trees down and blocking the trail. The only way to pass was to go around. Sometimes you have to go so far around that you lose sight of the trail. Easy to get lost without a GPS. The lake is visible most of the way and lots of spots for your dogs to swim. I will definitely go back, but not before the trees are cleaned up. I’m hoping the COVID-19 situation is why this trail needs so much maintenance.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
25 days ago

The trail was really nice until we got about halfway to the dam (from the Nancy Town parking area). From there to the ford it’s SO MUCH BLOWDOWN. This trail gets rough at that point. You have to climb up and around a lotttt of downed trees (we lost sight of the trail several times because of it). It’s a beautiful hike if it weren’t for the very poor maintenance. The lake is beautiful and visible throughout the majority of the hike and there are lots of “trail treasures” (wildflowers, small wildlife, etc) on the way. It’s really a shame that it’s not taken care of because it has potential to be a really great hike. We began this hike before 5:00 and did not make it before dark due to all of the extra time it took to get around everything with two children. If not passable at any given time, park rangers should be placing signs stating that the hike is treacherous and impassable. Trail is poorly marked as well. You will need GPS to stay on track.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
27 days ago

Really beautiful trail. A mid-April storm brought down a significant number of trees, which block the trail in multiple places. They are large trees and it isn’t always possible to go over or through them—you have to go around. The trails isn’t particularly well marked, so you may need a GPS to make sure you stay on track.

blowdown
1 month ago

The south side had many sections that almost impassable we made it but had to climb over ~30 downed trees...otherwise good workout.

mountain biking
blowdown
off trail
1 month ago

Unrideable as of 4/18/2020. Probably crossed 60 plus trees.

2 months ago

good alternative to panther creek if that is still shut down meanders around a large lake

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Yesterday, my wife and i went to Lake Russell for a Valentine picnic and the place was closed. Such a beautiful day and no warning signs about the closing! Drove all the way down to the entrrance with no signs indicating it was closed!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

This trail wanders from trail to road to dirt road, and back to road. Not well marked. Beautiful reflections in the lake. There is a ford crossing that will get tennis shoes wet.

The trail was a nice hike around the lake, but some spots are only marked with small green markers on trees and you can miss them. The back few miles are slick and overgrown, but that is what made it fun.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
7 months ago

hiking
blowdown
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

We went clockwise around the lake, beginning and ending where it crosses the road close to loop B in the campground. My whole family loved this trail around the lake. The views were beautiful, the trail went through diverse landscapes, from pine needle-covered paths to the y’all grasses over the dam. Plus you can ford a dam, which was a great treat for kids and adults. It had few blazes, but it was easy to follow for the most part. Creek crossings mainly had bridges (though many needed repairs). We would say this trail is on the easy side of moderate.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a nice hike. The trail could be marked better especially near the camp ground. I ended up doing a loop around the campground. The trail is marked with a small green market where the the roads come together that I missed the first time. There was also a lot of mud and weeds near the Ford across the Dam. There was about 15% of the team that was just a dirt road with no views. I saw one snake but due to the underbrush growth I had to keep it a way eye. It was a nice trail over all.

hiking
11 months ago

Love the trail. Some parts have high weed before the reservoir so be prepared

hiking
blowdown
muddy
Sat Apr 06 2019

hiking
muddy
Sat Apr 06 2019

hiking
Fri Mar 15 2019

I hiked this trail today 3/15/19 and it was very well marked with short, challenging uphills sections with most of the trial being flat and fairly easy. There is a section were you will need to cross a creek so expect to get wet, however it is shallow and slow-flowing. Altogether an enjoyable hike in the NE hills.

hiking
Mon Jan 14 2019

Very nice and scenic trail. Not much elevation change and pretty well marked. I will definitely do this trail again.

hiking
Sat Dec 29 2018

We are visiting family in the area and got stir crazy with constant rain the last three days. We literally had the entire trail to only us. To those who gave a bad review, I would say that what wasn’t well marked with signs or tree blazes was still pretty clear where the trail was. Only two glitches: at the beginning there’s a point where a brook runs into the lake and with high water was impassable. We trekked around to the road and came back down to the other side. The second glitch was where the sign says to go left but the high dam was flowing with water and also impassable. There’s a trail just to the right of that sign and if you take it it leads you straight to a bridge to cross over the creek. Beautiful day, quiet with no people, well worn trail. Glad this was available to use even with the gub-nent shut down.

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