Fern Springs day-use picnic area sits in the lush forests of northern Georgia. It is home to historical hand-constructed stone pavilions, walkways, bridges, water rills and stairways. The diverse and secluded area is large enough to accommodate group picnicking and is available by reservation only. Natural Features: Fern Springs is cradled by white pines, hemlocks and old growth oak trees and has a large grassy lawn and rich understory. The conditions provide a wonderful habitat for many bird species and animals, making the area a perfect spot for viewing wildlife. The picnic area was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Recreation: Lake Russell Recreation Area, located just five miles from the picnic area, offers a popular swimming beach and ample fishing opportunities. Facilities: The area offers three picnic shelters, complete with tables, benches, campfire circles and group grills. The site can accommodate up to 100 guests. There is also a large lawn space used for a variety of activities. A parking area is located adjacent to the shelters. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.