Hard Labor Creek State Park Trails

Rutledge , Georgia 30663

Hard Labor Creek State Park Trails

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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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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta (Menasha Ridge Press)
Randy & Pam Golden
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"Consisting of the Brantley and Beaverpond Nature Trails, Hard Labor Creek Trail follows various creeks and explores ridges within Hard Labor Creek State Park." Read more
Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press)
Marcus Woolf
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"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." Read more
"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" Read more

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2/21/2010
I'd easily drive 30 minutes for this trail. Muddy as hell after a rain, and no bikes allowed. You can loop to the right, deadhead up to the north, thru the singularly largest stand of bamboo I've ever seen in georgia, then back past the creaking frogs. Highly interesting, steep climbs available if you read the topo or explore a little. Not a training ground for Whiteface mountain or anything, but a solid 6 mile walk that isnt on pavement and full of scenery without the concrete jungle.
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10/18/2009
This was a very easy hike, certainly not as hard as it was said to have been. In my opinion Gold Branch has more strenuous stretches, but I still of coursed enjoyed it. The look out at the peak is the best part ! We unfortunately went at a time not long after heavy rains and flooding hit the area - which meant much of the lower elevation of the trail was muddy and littered with branches, trash and other debris --be careful! So sad to see it such a mess,but they did have volunteers there picking up. My only gripe is the single lane road that is your only way to and from the parking area. Its about .25 of a mile long and there are only 2 areas in which you can pull over to let another car pass- without those nearby someone is backing up around some very narrow and curving dirt roads and that spells trouble... as we were leaving a small white bus -with kids in it came taring down the entrance!! We laid on the horn and they backed out - but goodness you'd think people would use their heads. I can't write this without some mention of the AMAZING homes in this area. They are gorgeous!
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4/26/2009
This trail is impossible to follow from the instructions provided. We inadvertently ended up on a trail that ran along the river and became very rocky and treacherous. I fell and broke my hand as a result. However, I will say the rest of the area is very nice and there is some great scenery down by the water. Just don't try and follow this trail using these directions. Get a trail map somewhere else or just explore on your own, but watch out for the trails along the water.
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11/17/2007
I have hiked in most of the Chattahooche NPS parks, and this is my least favorite. There are not many different trail options, and many of the direction signs are missing. The views don't compare to Palisades East across the river. This part has some very long steep inclines, so warm up your legs in advance. The blazes are on 2 ft high posts. It took me some time to realize what thet were. If you are interested in this part of the Chattahooce, stick with Palisades East.
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Trail Information

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

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Dec 2018