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part ofChattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, US Forest Service
Lake Russell Entrance Sign
Status: Open through Fri Nov 06 2015   Season Dates


Nancytown is an excellent spot for families, fishermen and picnickers to get away and enjoy the outdoors.

Natural Features:

The group campground is situated in the southeastern portion of the Chattahoochee National Forest, at the northern point of Georgia. It is adjacent to Nancytown Lake, which drains into the much larger Lake Russell.


Visitors to the campground enjoy river and stream fishing. The area has multiple opportunities for anglers and is a great place to catch trout. Boating is also popular on Nancytown Lake.

The short and scenic Nancytown Trail begins at the nearby dam and circles the lake. The campground also has access to the 6.2-mile Ladyslipper hiking and horseback riding trail, as well as the Sourwood foot trail, which is a 2.7-mile hike to several waterfalls.


The group campground offers multiple sites available for tent-only camping. The campground is entirely contained and is gated for security, making it ideal for families or youth groups like Boy Scouts.

Each site is equipped with tent pads and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets is available, as well as a group cooking and eating area and a covered stone shelter containing a large picnic table, grill and fireplace.

Nearby Attractions:

Nancytown Group Campground is located within the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area, near Cornelia, Georgia.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • RV sites
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Convenience Store
  • Dump Station
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Medical Facilities
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fees will be collected for vehicles using the day-use area
  • Drinking water is available at Lake Russell. Drinking water is not available at Nancytown Group Camp.
  • Click here for more information on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.49889, -83.48361
34°29'56"N, 83°29'1"W

From Interstate 85 in Georgia, merge onto Interstate 985 via exit 113. Interstate 985 will eventually become State Highways 441/365. Continue north for about 5 miles to Cornelia, then take the Clarkesville/Highway 197 exit and turn right. Turn right again at Dick's Hill Parkway. Continue approximately a mile and turn left onto Lake Russell Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

200 HWY 197 NORTH

Phone Number:

Information:  (706)490-1246
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