While this park may be best known for its golf course, The Creek, it also offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a beautiful wooded setting. More than 24 miles of trails are available for hikers and horseback riders, and equestrians can enjoy their own camping area near stalls. A lakeside beach and bathhouse are popular with swimmers during warmer months. The park provides one of Georgias best golf values, along with a pro shop, driving range, rental carts and special rates for seniors and children. The parks name is thought to come either from slaves who tilled summer fields or Native Americans who found it difficult to ford. Businesses, clubs and other groups looking for meeting space can rent the park's six shelters. When the group camp is not in use, the park also rents the dining hall at a discount for meetings.
It was a nice moderate hike...right at 7.1 miles. This is a mountain bike trail that advises hikers to go against the bike traffic which alternates direction by day of the week. We went on a Saturday in early March and saw maybe three groups of two bikers the entire time. We took the orange trail to the purple connector trail to the blue trail. There are shortcuts posted along the way if you don't really want to do all 7 miles. The blue trail meanders a lot and follows the very picturesque creek at times.
This trail is a fast and flows well...a mix of the Red and Blue trail features, easier than Red but longer and harder than Blue. Challenging to beginners due to the distance but easily ridable with one techical section between way points 407 and 408...a bailout trail is just before it. This is also a great running trail.
Steven T. on Brantley and Beaverpond Nature Trails
Trails ok, good for beginners.
Took my son and dog out here as it's pretty close by where we live. Never have done the trails. We did the yellow and red, not the horse trails. It's Memorial Day weekend and the trails were isolated and no one was there except us!! We loved it! It was more of a workout than I figured it would be. Some nice up and downs the whole time. We went off trails and explored and climbed and crawled. Had a great time! Saw deer and lots of frogs! Only bad thing is the ticks were out of control!!! My dog usually never has trouble with ticks and the stuff I use for them, but good god! Even my son picked tons of them off himself! Anyway, will definitely go back here regularly for a good, quick workout through the forest!
The footpath trails were "meh". However, the trailhead for the Interpretative trail actually had pamphlets for the trail. Learned a lot from that.
The Beaver Pond Trail is worth it solely to see the huge beaver lodge. The beavers are no longer present, but there are numerous large snapping turtles.
I wouldn't seek out this location for a hike, but if you're in the area, it's worth a twirl.
The 8 mile horse trail hike is moderate to hard in difficulty and is absolutely beautiful! You pass a pond, lake, streams, river, see unusual plantlife, wildlife, and even pass a huge horsefarm--not part of the state park. There is a little history on the trail too which you will just have to hike it to see. Great trail!!