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Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area

Hike/Site Details

Hike Type
Length
5.3
Trail Type
Loop
Skill Level
Easy
Duration
2-4 hours
Trailhead
After entering Lake Russell WMA, and upon finding Nancy Town Lake, take the path just below the spillway and follow around the lake.
Trailhead Elevation
952
Top Elevation
1100

Location

Geographic Location

Latitude
34.50
Longitude
-83.48

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A leisurely and relatively secluded stroll around Lake Russell is a welcome respite from the day to day doldrums. While there really is nothing at all challenging here, it is rather beautiful, with plenty of turtles, and waterfowl to see...

After crossing the NancyTown lake spillway, the trail turns right to parallel Nancy Town Creek downstream to Lake Russell. The path is fairly level and well maintained as it tracks the shoreline around the backside of the lake. It weaves in and out of small coves until you get to one particular branch before the dam that carries you up into the woods and almost departing visually from the Lake. Some very interesting moss formations here, that look strangely artificial and carpet like, near some artificial bird nests set up by the forestry service. Crossing on top of the dam, offers one of the best views of the long lake, though the hike is not short on beautiful scenery. After crossing the dam, the trail turns left and right (right goes nowhere) and the left branch takes you down to the stream plain below the dam. A bridge crosses the creek, and a short stroll leads you to an abandoned gravel road, which marks the end of the trail. You can turn back or follow the gravel road (forbidden to vehicles) to the main road which takes you back the rest of the way back to Nancy Town lake. There is a short patch of trail at the head of lake Russell which cuts throu the woods back to the Nancy Town Lake. Nothing terribly remarkable here, aside from some wet lakeside solitude and a leisurely stroll.. In January, I crossed paths with only one individual on such a beautiful afternoon.  Note that there is additionally fee based tent, and RV camping (primitive) and picnicking and light boating activities here as well.

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Editor reviews

 
Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area 2012-02-01 00:55:37 Shane Lewis
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Trail Conditions 
 
4.0
Camp Sites 
 
5.0
Water Availability 
 
5.0
Scenery 
 
3.0
Big Nuts Tilt 
 
1.0
Reviewed by Shane Lewis    February 01, 2012
Last updated: February 18, 2012
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Go do it if you are in the mood for a short beautiful stroll.

Review

Good Points
Beautiful lakeside views, well maintained trails, easy stroll
Bad Points
Likely busy with car campers in the summer and fishermen, but basically abandoned during the cold months.
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