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I would classify this trail as "easy" rather than "moderate." The payoff at the falls is nice, but large stretches of the trail system are devoted to mountain biking, making for lots of long switchbacks, which aren't really hiker-friendly.

I love this hike! Little water falls and beautiful little pools of waters.

just left the trail after 8 miles. Loved every second. Will be back to camp not just to hike, so know back to Florida. I agree this is a bit more than moderate but definitely not hard. Take lots of water and plenty of pictures.

Great morning hike! Went counterclockwise and enjoyed the waterfalls near the end. First half of the trail we saw no one.

nature trips
12 days ago

This was a beautiful trail but 3 miles of the trail is nonexistent due to downed trees and lack of upkeep. Thed trail across the road from parking has the most beautiful scenery and most waterfalls. Looks like they are cleaning up the back part of the trail, but highly recommend going at least once.

nature trips
22 days ago

love it.

on Heritage Park Trail

29 days ago

very relaxing but good cardio.

hiking
1 month ago

my daughter and I hiked the yellow trail. Beautiful day, very nice trails.

I have walked this with Boys Scouts a few time and we have camped over night on it once. It it a great trail with waterfalls.

1 month ago

Emma Kimine

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! The scenery was beautiful! We started with the orange trail. It was pretty easy and took us a little over three hours.

2 months ago

very simple, monotonous trail... the creek and waterfalls are nice, but not fully worth an extra trip out here. well maintained paths.

hiking
2 months ago

Been walking this trail since I was a kid. The back end of the trail really needs some clean up from downed trees. But I would recommend this to anyone. It’s worth the 5$ parking :)

Moderate trail with pretty views. There are waterfalls and all sorts of things to see! I recommend this trail for sure.

I do not believe, for a 7 mile hike, moderate is fair. I would rate this a difficult hike and it should not be taken lightly. The terrain is roughly 80% rocky and there are parts where you are outright bouldering. Take plenty of water and take your time. It is very hard on dogs as well. We were going to backpack this loop over 2 nights but ran into foul weather so we were going to finish the loop. It was extremely difficult and I did not hydrate enough (to be fair, it was like 100° outside).

On the other hand, this is one of the best maintained trails in Georgia. It has blazes very regularly, there are bridges over washed out spots and creeks. You do cross the mountain stream a couple times by rock hopping, which could be hard in the case of heavy rain.

There are gorgeous, beautiful mountain spring waterfalls. There are amazing views as well. You can take white candle trail at the left ( + .5 mile) instead if beaver pond to see Odie Overlook, it's gorgeous as well.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is not the exact route that we backpacked, but I think this could be said of the entire Cumberland Island trail system:

Easy hiking with gorgeous views that range from live oak groves to historic plantations to flawless beaches to stands of conifer. What's not to love? This place served as a perfect early spring backpacking getaway.

Very few people and tons of wildlife including wild horses, dolphins, and a cougar!

There was one hiccup as we were trying to rush to camp before dark one night, and were confronted by a flooded trail closure halfway across the Willow Pond Trail. That made for a dark and stressful hike back. Some signage at the start of the trail would have been appreciated.

Enjoyed it very much. Quiet and peaceful walking amongst wild horses. Take a swim in the ocean to cool off

Just hiked it to cascade falls and back out. 5 miles on the dot the way we went. Great trail with several creek crossings

We
Did it counterclockwise. Waterfall and stream section was amazing. Trail is well marked but about a half mile through what appears to be new growth pines is extremely overgrown with briers. The trail at some points is chocked down to the point you almost needed a machete.

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail covered with Oak trees and palmettos. Took the main road up to my campsite at Hickory Hill, then Parallel Trail back down to the dock... much more pleasurable than the main road! Went in July so it was pretty hot, and the mosquitoes were horrible. Bring extra repellent.

Loved the hike- especially the waterfall!

beautiful hike! map was a little confusing especially the yellow Trail but it was all good.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Muddy. Good shorty/mid workout.

Great trail!!! was well marked and maintained.

Great trail for hiking.

Parts of the first two miles of the trail, hiking clockwise,including the beaver dam trail was an easy hike but somewhat overgrown and in need of some maintenance. The last two miles included several waterfalls and stream crossings which makes for a nice finish. The trail is well marked and easy to find.

hiking
4 months ago

Our first time at Hard Labor Creek. As others noted, the trail head is away from the main office by a mile. The trail is not overly complicated, but bring your tick spray! We encountered only 2 people (mountain bikers) over the 3 hours we were there. There is some nice scenery with waterfalls.

hiking
5 months ago

Very pretty but short. To add any length means joining the Silver Comet Trail, which is nice but not challenging. If you want to walk you dog or get the kids out on a safe trail, this is the one. Otherwise, skip it and head somewhere more visually and physically stimulating.

One of my favorite moderate hikes in the area. Beautiful changes in ecosystem as you travel through the entire trail. I like to start with the beaver pond and finish with the waterfall section. Go in April and see tons of blooming Mountain Laurels. The waterfall section (up until Wolfden) is fairly busy but I rarely see people after that. You will cross the stream several times via rock and some footbridges. Roots and rocks in the path and the parking area have no bathrooms at the start. Usually takes me around 3 hours at a relaxed pace.

Great training for the Appalachian Trail

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