Wander east of Athens as far as the state lines will let you and you’ll run into the most magnificent hidden treasure: Elbert County, Georgia. The last county before the Savannah River and South Carolina Border, Elbert County is rich in Revolutionary War history, unique finds, and outdoor activities. Whether you are the adventuring type, or you like to keep things more calm, Elbert County has something for you.
If you love all things water, you’ve found the right spot. Water borders two of the three sides of Elbert County and provides a multitude of water sports and outdoor adventure options. All types of boats grace our two beautiful lakes: Lake Russell and Clark’s Hill Lake while kayaks and canoes find their home on the Broad River Trail. From skulls to catamarans to speed boats and bass fishing boats- Elbert County is a boater’s paradise! Don’t have your own boat? That’s okay! Richard B. Russell State Park rents pontoon boats on Lake Russell and the Sandbar features kayak rentals on the Broad River. If you have no interest in boating, that’s okay too! Grab a pair of golf clubs and do 18 holes of the most beautiful golf course in Georgia or collect your discs for a round of disc golf at one of the 3 disc golf courses locally available.
Love to fish? We’ve got you covered. A premier spot for bass fishing, Lake Russell offers over 26,000 acres of pristine fishing waters. Home to many bass fishing tournaments, Lake Russell is ideal for one angler or 500. If you’re interested in hosting a bass fishing tournament on our lake, the local Chamber works hard to ensure your anglers have the best experience possible.
If you are more of a land lover, we invite you to explore the many trails and outdoor historical sites across our county. Both Bobby Brown Park and Richard B. Russell State Park are host to a dozen trails ranging in difficulty from very easy to moderate. If you prefer a journey with a destination, outdoor historical sites like the Nancy Hart Cabin and Dan Tucker’s Grave allow you to explore the outdoors while learning about local history. Don’t forget to go to the furthest southern tip of Elbert County and learn about St. Petersburg– the revolutionary era settlement that is now long buried under the waters of Clark’s Hill Lake. An informational placard and a short, easy hike ending in the water make this a fun activity for people of all ages.
Sportsmen and women will love what Elbert County has to offer. Grab your best rifle and shot clays across empty granite quarries in a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Elbert County Gun Club. If you like bows more than guns, you’re also in luck. Bobby Brown Park features a full 3D archery course for the bowhunter enthusiast.
You can’t leave town without venturing out to the Georgia Guidestones. This mysterious monument was erected in the 1980s by an anonymous group and their representative who went by the pseudonym: R. C. Christian. Poised on the tallest part of Elbert County, the Guidestones have been featured in many TV shows and have often been called ‘America’s Stonehenge’.
Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast chasing history or looking for a great time on the lake, Elbert County has all the adventure you could possibly need.