Mother and daughter hiking the Russell Forest Trails with their golden retriever

Find Harmony With Nature

Russell Forest

Part preserve, part playground. Russell Lands has set aside several thousand acres throughout its property at Lake Martin as a working forest known as the Russell Forest. Russell Forest will ensure that future generations of Lake Martin residents and visitors may personally experience the woodlands along with the flora and fauna it supports.

Naturalist Marianne Hudson teaches girls about water critters while on a nature hike
mountain biking on the Russell Forest Trails
Group on a trail ride from The Stables crosses a creek on horseback
Family with water bottles emerging from the woods of the Russell Forest

Over 100 Miles

Of Forest Trails

Some have likened the Russell Forest to a 25,000-acre playground. Its more than 100 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails offer a myriad of opportunities to reconnect with nature.

Membership & Release Documents

Please Note: Users of the trail system must join the association to have access to the trail system. Please download and complete the documents below. Forms and cost for guided horseback rides are separate from these forms and are only available on site at The Stables.

Download the Trails App

Choose Your

Own Path

In this living forest with over 100 miles of trails that weave through the lush pines and hardwoods that surround Lake Martin, you have virtually unlimited choices for exercise, adventure, and fun.

Russell Forest provides spectacular hiking, biking and equestrian recreation and serves as a center stage for our certified Naturalist. Maintenance of the Russell Forest as a working forest will continue to provide filtration of our part of the watershed and keep Lake Martin as one of America’s cleanest lakes.

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