Lake Russell Recreation Area

Situated along the peaceful shore of the 100-acre Lake Russell, this developed recreation area offers 42 campsites that accommodate both tent and RV camping and a picnic shelter with seating for 30. This North Georgia mountain mecca has something for everyone; swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing and boating.  Plan your getaway and find your next adventure here!

Please Note: You may purchase maps and guide books to this area by visiting our on-line store, The Forest Place.

Things to Do

  • Anna Ruby Falls
  • Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s Highest Point
  • The nearest town is Cornelia, approximately 12 miles away.
  • Atlanta is only 1.5 hours away
  • Mount Airy

Hiking & Biking Trails

  • Lady Slipper Trail
  • Lake Russell Foot Trail
  • Rhododendron Trail
  • Sourwood Trail

Campground Fees


Single Campsite – 5 persons & 2 vehicles: $18
Double Campsite – 10 persons & 4 vehicles: $36
Group Campsite – $50

Federal Interagency Senior/Access discounts only apply to single standard site rate. Does not apply to any other items or services. Card holder must be present on site to use discount.

Day Use:

Day Use Parking – 1-6 persons: $5 per vehicle
Day Use Parking – Busses & Vans: $5 per vehicle plus $1 per person
Annual Day Use Pass: $30
Boat Launch $5