Lake Russell Loop Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Lake Russell Loop Trail is a 4.9 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
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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18 days ago

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

Very poorly maintained trail but some pretty scenery.

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4 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.

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6 months ago

Great hike! Good parking!

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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7 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

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