• January 19, 2014 · 10:30 AM

Richard B. Russell
State Park
2650 Russell State Park Drive
Elberton , GA 30635

GPS Coordinates:
N[masked] | W [masked] 
 Located 8 miles northeast of Elberton off Ga. Hwy. 77 on Ruckersville Road.     
Park at the Lakeside Pavilion near the golf course. We will head out promptly at 11:00 on the Blackwell Rridge Trail. It  follows the shoreline to one of the oldest steel pin bridges in the area, loops through the adjoining woods and returns to the beach. There are 4.3 miles of connecting trails of easy hiking. $5.00 parking fee. There is a park map on the park web page.

The controversial  Guidestones are about 20 minutes from the park. You may want to join us after the hike in exploring this phenomenon.

“When Man Reawakens, Let Him Behold…”

The Georgia  Guidestones are a strange collection of standing stones  near the remote  town of Elberton, Georgia. At once a Rosetta Stone,  an astronomical  observatory, and a road map for rebuilding  civilization, the Guidestones  seem to be built as much for the  survivors of a post-apocalyptic future  as for the thousands of tourists  who visit them each year.  Built in 1980, they are primarily composed of six  slabs of granite: one  central pillar, four “major” stones that fan out  from the center, and a  capstone. The capstone has engravings on all four  of its sides in four  different ancient languages, all of which read,  “Let these be  guidestones to an Age of Reason,” when translated.  The  major stones  are each engraved on both sides, and each side contains  text in one of  eight modern languages asserting the same ten guidelines.

“And standing with the stones is a mystery — a mystery of who is behind the erection of The Georgia Guidestones.  Their identity is intended to be a secret forever.”

Driving Directions 2650 Russell State Park Drive, Elberton, GA 30635, USA

13.8 mi - about 22 mins

1.Head west on Russell State Park Dr toward Ruckersville Rd 0.4 mi

2.Continue onto William Smith Rd 3.4 mi

3.Continue onto GA-368 W/Anderson Hwy 4.0 mi

4.Turn right onto GA-77 N/Hartwell Hwy 5.8 mi

5.Turn right onto Guidestone Rd NW 0.1 mi[masked] Guidestone Road Northwest, Dewy Rose, GA 30634, USA

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  • Sam M.

    Ellen - great meeting you and the hiking group. Sorry I had to leave early. You set a great pace and I enjoyed hiking with you. Sam

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Betsy W.

    Great hike and great folks to hike with as well.

    1 · January 19, 2014

    • Ellen

      Was nice meeting you...look forward to seeing you on more hikes.

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Ellen

    Really Nice Trails! Beautiful weather! Great conversations!

    2 · January 19, 2014

    • Ellen

      Oh! Great Food at La Fogata!

      January 19, 2014

  • Alan B.

    Are we going to eat afterwards?

    January 18, 2014

    • Ellen

      Most likely Alan...will check with everyone tomorrow.

      January 18, 2014

  • Jil

    have fun! I wont make it this sunday but look forward to hearing all about it on Friday!

    January 18, 2014

    • Alan B.


      January 13, 2014

    • Sharon

      Thanks Jill! The section titled The Beginning is very interesting and informative The Purpose was definitely thought provoking! I hope to complete the rest by Sunday in order to have some understanding of the ideas behind this massive piece of human creativity.

      January 15, 2014

  • Theresa

    Last year the area was clean, the stones pristine.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Jil

    just a heads up:
    When we saw them a few years ago, they were covered in graffitti. looked like a place where local teens go to party.

    January 13, 2014

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