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Hard Labor Creek State Park: Beaver Pond and Brantley Trails Professional Review and Guide
"Plantations and small farms once occupied the 5805 acres of land that now make up Hard Labor Creek State Park, but efforts to grow cotton and corn were tedious, as plantation slaves had to clear stones from fields to prepare the land. This strenuous work may be the source of the park’s name, or it could have come from Native Americans who lived in the area and found it difficult to cross Hard Labor Creek when the water ran high. Two hiking trails wind through the pines and hardwoods west of the creek, and these connect, allowing you to make a loop. The Brantley Trail rolls through mature oak and hickory trees along the ravines formed by farming, and the Beaver Pond Trail takes you to mature forest with large poplars and a wetland that’s good for birding."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
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