Richard B Russell State Park in Elberton, Ga
The primary draw of Richard B Russell State Park (arguably) is the park’s 18-hole Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course, but there is much more here than just golf. Richard B Russell sits on the Georgia/South Carolina border, edged to the east by Richard Russell Lake. It is packed with things to do for the whole family! We visited in winter and didn’t have nearly enough time to take it all in, but we had a blast. Here are the highlights.
Richard Russell Lake
The lake access at the park was the official Olympic training site for rowing! We saw a series rowers preparing to get on the water, and learned that this is a frequent occurrence at the lake. Visitors can launch their own boats or rent them from the park. Pick from paddle boats or canoes…even a pontoon boat is available!
The Beach on Richard Russell Lake
We weren’t able to play here because we visited in winter, but we could clearly see the soft sand. According to the ranger, the gates to the beach generally open about May 15, but if you are cutting it close be sure to call ahead and check.
Hiking and Biking
Enjoy five hiking and biking trails- the Cottage/Beach Trail was easily accessible from the cottages. We ventured out for an early morning hike and discovered wild turkeys and a family of whitetail deer. Adult bikes are avialable to rent.
There was a 27-hole disc golf course spanning 20 acres. It was well maintained and very popular in the area. My kids love “Frisbee golf” so this was right up their ally. There is an extra fee.
While we are not a golf family, we did enjoy watching a few golfers on the course. This park is home to Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course. This is an 18-hole course (par 72.) The clubhouse as beautiful and included a pro shop with a short-order grill, a putting green, and a nine-acre driving range.
More to do at Richard B Russell
There were fishing docks, and even a special fish cleaning station. We did not experience these while visiting, but clearly, being on the lake, this is the ideal park for water fun. Visitors can also Geocache at the park, play on the playgrounds, or picnic at the shelters along the lake.
There is camping (primitive and RV) and cottages here, on the lake. We loved staying at the cottage, though, especially in the dead of winter.
The cottage included two bedrooms/two baths. Each bedroom had two queen size beds, complete with sheets and extra blankets. One room faced the woods and the other room had a lucky lake view. The rooms opened up to a bathroom space with a linen closet (towels and soaps included) and sink. There was also a door into another room with a toilet and bathtub/shower. The two bedroom/two bath cottage sleeps up to 8 people.
You’ll also find a full kitchen, and an open living and dining space. The living room was set with mission-style furnishings, casual and comfortable. It included two gliding rockers and a sofa, side tables, and a fireplace. There was also a TV on the built-in bookcases. Disney Jr. and PBS (and several other cable channels) were available.
From the living area you could access the back porch. It was a long and deep porch with rockers and end tables, plus stair access to the side yard. Through the trees you could catch a glimpse of the lake and rising sun. I loved that the porch was screened in.
The side of the cottage included a fire pit, hibachi grill, and picnic table. We walked a few hundred yards down a small path to a boat slip, especially for the cottage visitors. There were 20 cottages. Two were pet-friendly. I did not have cell coverage in the park (I use Sprint,) but the cottage was equipped with free wifi.
Disclosure: Georgia State Parks provided my family and me a free stay at the Cottage here in order to review it and the park for another website. They did not ask me to add it to this site; my opinions are always my own. As always, if I didn’t think it was killer, I wouldn’t write about. #keepingitreal