Russell County is known for its peaceful and largely rural lifestyle, which is prized by many residents. With easy access to the services of Phenix City and Columbus, GA many county residents feel the county offers convenience yet quiet ambience. Russell County is rich in history (known for its significant historical areas), especially in the southeastern sections of the county adjacent to Fort Benning. The growth in Russell County is largely centered in this area.
Russell County provides easy access to Fort Benning by using the Back Gate from AL- 165. Seven percent of Fort Benning’s land lies in Russell County and is represented by Fryar Drop Zone, which is part of Fort Benning’s Airborne School. In spite of its growth, the county retains its rural character and is located on the Chattahoochee River.
Recreational activities abound in Russell County include fishing, hiking, hunting, boating, camping and swimming. The Chattahoochee River forms the eastern boundary of the county and provides a good venue for Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Surfing and Zip Lining. Hunting preserves are on both public and private lands. There are golf and tennis facilities in the County. The Robert Trent Jones Grand National course is only a short drive away in Opelika, Alabama. There are sports and recreational facilities throughout the County and organized sports for all ages are well supported in Russell County.
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