Hard Labor Creek - TRAIL

Hard Labor Creek - Trail, Rutledge, Georgia

There are (4) loop trails, mostly hand built so a little rough and nasty with minimal grooming! The Orange trail is Beginner rated and 1-mile long. The Purple trail is a Beginner level connector trail, 0.5-miles e/w. The Blue trail is Beginner/Intermediate rated with 4-miles open (out-n-back) but 5.5-miles flagged to build in 2013. This trail is designed for speed and, eventually, long endurance riding. The Red trail is Intermediate/Advance rated with 3.5-miles open and another 1.5 to open Spring 2013. The Red trail has lots of everything..short and long climbs, tight, twisty, rooty along with open flowy sections. There are plans to add another 5-miles of Advance trails in 2014 bringing the total to over 22-miles!

User Reviews (3)

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Bob Goucher   Cross Country Rider [Feb 24, 2016]


There are about 19 miles of trail at this location. They are well marked and well maintained.
Ride direction is directional and changes from clockwise to counter clockwise depending o the day of the week. There is often maps at the start. From the start the trail is rated for beginners, has some roots and rocks (as do all the trails) but nothing hard. Than comes a connector trail that is mostly bidirectional and takes you to the red, blue and green trails. Green is the easiest with the loop farther from the start being good for beginners, the second loop a little harder. Blue is moderate with some climbs, great views along the creek, woops, etc. Red is a little more difficult, especially if ridden in the counterclockwise direction. Great views of the stream and woods. All in all my new favorite place to ride as I try to get back in shape. Also a good place to take newer riders. The trails, like most, can get harder if you want to go fast.
This is part of a State Park and Parking and Use fees do apply.

Customer Service

Ride them all. If you are in great condition ride Red, Blue and Green. If moderate shape ride Red and Blue. If you want to just toodle thru the woods Blue or Green should do.

Similar Products Used: The Olympic Course at the Horse Park in Conyers. Great ride with many upgrades in he past year.
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5
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3
cdlinz   Weekend Warrior [May 01, 2014]

I live in Athens and have extensive experience at Heritage Park, Yargo and Chicopee. I'd been hearing about Hard Labor and decided to give it a try.

The above poster summarizes the various trail choices very well. With all 4 trails (looks like a 5th 'green' will open soon) there is about 10 miles of trail. The trails are well marked and in good condition. There is not much difference in difficulty between the various trails. They are all fast with minimal technicality and not much effort involved. I'd say 2/5 technical and aerobic rating. However after 1 1/2 hr of riding i was worn out and satisfied. Does not have the thrills/challenges of the other trails i mentioned but is a very worthwhile trail to add to the mix. Also a great trail for less advanced or adventurous riders who may be put off by some of the gnarly terrain of the above mentioned trails.

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3
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2
trigeekbil   Cross Country Rider [Jan 22, 2013]

There are currently 9-miles of open trails, mostly hand built so can be rough and nasty in places, with plans to eventually have 22-miles! The Orange trail is a good warmup as you reach the Purple connector trail in .5-miles. This takes you another .5-miles to the Red or Blue trailhead where you can ride either separate loop. The Blue is 2-mile out, 2-miles back for now with 5.5 more miles to be built. The Red trail, 3.5 now but soon to be 5-miles, can really challenge riders with lots of everything...roots, tight, twisty, short and long climbs, all that flows very nicely. Unfortunately, the GA State Parks now charge a user fee of $2 plus a vehicle pass of $5. The bike fee can be waived by giving back 25 volunteer hours each year and they really need the help!

Customer Service

Take the Orange trail to the Purple connector then to the Blue/Red trail intersection. First, take the really fast Blue trail out-n-back then hammer the Red trail as many loops as your legs will handle. These trails are designed as multi-directional, depending on the day of week...except for the Blue for now and the Purple. Enjoy!

Similar Products Used: Heritage, Dauset Nature Center, International Horse Park, Ft. Yargo State Park.
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4
VALUE
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3
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