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Hard Labor Creek State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 27 2020  10:00 am >> Sun, Sep 27 2020 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Sep 20 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 27 2020 7:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Hard Labor Creek State Park, located in Morgan and Walton counties, is one of the largest state parks in Georgia. The park’s unusual name is derived from a bold stream that cuts an easterly course through the park and joins the Apalachee River 25 miles away. The park came into being during the Great Depression when the National Park Service acquired 44 parcels of land, joining them to form the 5,804-acre Hard Labor Creek Recreational Demonstration Area. The site’s purpose was to demonstrate the reclamation of marginal farmland for recreation. The task of land stabilization, along with early facility construction, was completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Work Progress Administration. Beginning in 1934, these industrious workers planted thousands of trees, built dikes and terraces, constructed roads and cleared lakebeds. In 1946, the Recreation Demonstration Area was given to the State of Georgia and became known as Hard Labor Creek State Park.

The park's nature trails have a meager 2 miles in length. Although it features nearly 25 miles of horse trails, these are not available for group hikes. On the other hand, there are more than 12 miles of bike trails that are also available for hiking. We will hike approximately 7 miles on a loop, mostly on the little used -but well marked- Red Trail. It goes up and down gently sloping terrain, and crosses older hardwood forest of mixed pine and hardwood stands. Along the way are lush fern covered stream bottoms, boulder formations, and cascading streams.

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We will meet at the park office, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663, and from there we will drive less than a mile to the trailhead.

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Cost Includes:

Parking fee is $5.00 per car, unless you have a GA Park Pass.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.