Hard Labor Creek State Park Trails

Rutledge , Georgia

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Hard Labor Creek State Park is a 5,864-acre facility situated to the north of I-20, between Covington and Madison in eastern Georgia. Local lore offers two sources for the park’s name. One ascribes the name’s origin to antebellum slaves who worked in the summer sun in surrounding plantation fields, while the other attributes it to Native Americans who found the stream hard to cross. The 1.0-mile Brantley Nature and 1.1-mile Beaverpond Nature Trails are most practically walked as a single hike. Both are loop trails that are joined by a 70-yard connector. Also, the Beaverpond Nature Trail does not have a separate trailhead of its own. The trails meander through a mature, second-growth mainly pine-oak forest.
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Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)

Hard Labor Creek State Park is a 5,864-acre facility situated to the north of I-20, between Covington and Madison in eastern Georgia. Local lore offers two sources for the park’s name. One ascribes the name’s origin to antebellum slaves who worked in the summer sun in surrounding plantation fields, while the other attributes it to Native Americans who found the stream hard to cross.

The 1.0-mile Brantley Nature and 1.1-mile Beaverpond Nature Trails are most practically walked as a single hike. Both are loop trails that are joined by a 70-yard connector. Also, the Beaverpond Nature Trail does not have a separate trailhead of its own. The trails meander through a mature, second-growth mainly pine-oak forest.

© 2015 Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rutledge
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd., Rutledge 30663; (706) 557-3001; www.gastateparks.org
Local Maps: USGS Rutledge North; trail maps available at the office/trading post
Driving Directions: Directions to Hard Labor Creek State Park Trails

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