Discover Elbert County GA Parks featuring the mysterious Georgia Guidestones, Elbert County Wildlife Management Area, Elberton Fairgrounds, Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam, and the Sandbar.
Elberton Fairgrounds is home to many events in Elberton - Phone: 706-283-5651 - Address: 520 North Oliver Street, Elberton Georgia 30635 - Directions: GA Highway 77 N about 1/2 mile from downtown square
Elbert County Parks and Recreation
North Georgia mountains lakeCheck out this park for youth basketball, cheer leading, football, soccer, summer programs, events and other activities. Address: McWilliams Park at 1041 Mobley Hill Rd, Elberton, GA 30635.
Elbert County Wildlife Management Area offers 1,722 acres on Lake Richard Russell with public Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Bird Watching, Boat Ramps, Canoe Access and Picnicking. Phone: 706-595-4222 - Location: Off GA Hwy 72, Elberton Georgia 30635
Georgia Guidestones is Elberton's most unusual granite monument, poses a mystery for the numerous visitors who visit the site seven miles north of Elberton on Georgia Highway 77. Also known as America’s Stonehenge, this 19-foot high monument displays a 10-part message espousing the conservation of mankind and future generations in 12 languages. The Guidestones are mysterious in origin, for no one knows the identity of a group of sponsors who provided its specifications. Phone: 706-283-5651 - Location: GA Highway 77 North, Elberton Georgia 30635 - Directions: GA Highway 77 North
Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake - The lake covers over 26,000 surface acres with 540 miles of shoreline and has a depth of 155 feet at full pool. The lake is operated and managed by the Corps. of Engineers subsequently there are no houses cabins or other dwellings lining the lake's shore. This was in an effort to preserve the environment and its wildlife. The lake is fed by the Savannah River and Rocky River as well as Beaverdam, Coldwater, and Van Creeks.
Lake Richard B. Russell is the newest of GA's reservoirs, it was formed when the dam located on Trotter Shoals closed in 1984. The lake and dam were named after the Governor of Georgia during the Depression. The lake was originally made for the production of electricity but has never been run to capacity and has since been converted to a pump back facility. This was due to wide-spread controversy of the number of fish being killed in the turbines of the plant. Hours: Lake is accessible 24/7 Year round.
Stop by the Visitor Center located in the Operations Manager’s Office approx 4 miles south of GA State Hwy 72 off the Bobby Brown State Park Rd. You can purchase maps of the lake, Golden Age or Golden Access cards and Annual Parking Passes. There are brochures and pamphlets that will assist you during your visit to the Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam Project. Visitor Center and office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 am until 4:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am until 4 pm.
Phone: 800-944-7207, 706-213-3400 - Location: 2650 Russell State Park, Elberton Georgia 30635 - Directions: Hwy 72. Turn right on to Bobby Brown State Park Road. Drive south approximately 5 miles. Turn left on to Russell Dam Drive. The Visitors' Center and Powerplant are on the left and the end of the road respectively.
The Sandbar - Hiking and Horse riding trails are currently available free of charge. You must bring your own equipment if you are hiking, and you must bring your own horse of you are horseback riding. We do not provide stables for horseback riding. Along the trails way you are sure to find some great fishing spots to catch some fresh fish, or if you prefer you can fish on the many sandbars.
Boating Season is from early April through September. Trip cost is $15 per person Tuesday-Friday, $20 Saturday-Sunday and Holidays. Bring a change of clothes, towel, and a strap for your glasses. Life jackets are provided or you may bring your own. Restaurant serving drinks and snacks everyday and a full menu on Fri and Sat. Open everyday for river trips. Mon - Fri 11 am - 3 pm, and Sat and Sun 10 am - 3 pm.
Phone: 706-245-4163 - Location: 3435 King Hall Mill Road, Bowman Georgia United States 30624 - Directions: Hwy 172 West of Bowman on King Hall Mill Road