Brantley and Beaverpond Nature Trails

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Hard Labor Creek State Park

Brantley and Beaverpond Nature Trails is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Social Circle, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

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Note: There is a $5 parking fee at the lot.

hiking
bridge out
fee
scramble
16 days ago

These two loops are almost three miles and each one is rated as easy. But truthfully I would rate them as easy and a half. Not quite easy, not quite moderate. A few really short but steep inclines combined with a very root-covered trail makes these trails a good workout on your legs and feet. Be sure to have good footwear. When you pass the beaver pond you'll come upon the section where the creek flows over the rocks. The water is super clear and the rocks are fun to walk on. The trail was also full of birds and squirrels and frogs. Check out the giant tulip tree on the path!

hiking
2 months ago

Short, easy connecting loops marked by yellow (Brantley) and red (Beaver Pond) blazes. Fallen and dead trees provide opportunities for woodpecker sightings among other birding opportunities. Views of vehicles and campers parked near Brantley and the pond is a distraction. Brantley has some parts taped off limits for reclamation from flooding and re-routes are unclear. The trail itself isn’t closed because its necessary to get tot the Beaver Pond trail. Parking is $5 per day so consider some other hikes to fill up the day.

hiking
3 months ago

Well-maintained trails despite recent heavy rain. There are some wood bridges and crossings. The trails are also very well marked. At the back of the red trail there is a stream with running water. I’ll go back in the spring when the trees have leafed out.

Great lil hike. Family of four with our pup. Nice streams and pretty pond.

walking
5 months ago

Great short hike! Lots of leaves and pine straw so a little slippery in spots but an easy hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Two interconnecting loops which are both very easy and very nice. Beautiful wetlands, and remarkably quiet and peaceful

hiking
bugs
over grown
10 months ago

Not my favorite place to hike. Some spots are overgrown and there were a few downed trees to scramble over. I’d probably try it again in the fall just to give it a second chance.

Sun Apr 14 2019

not bad. read the reviews and brought tick spray beforehand. trails are pretty well maintained, though some parts were narrow and had poison ivy close to the edges. would probably do again since its nearby where we live.

hiking
Wed Mar 27 2019

There is nothing better than walking ridge lines in Georgia on a Wednesday

hiking
Wed Mar 27 2019

there is nothing better then Walking Ridge lines in Georgia on a Wednesday

hiking
Sun Mar 03 2019

Great family Trail!!

Sun Jan 06 2019

TONS of ticks. Be very wary of taking your dogs.

Sun Sep 23 2018

Emma Tennor

hiking
Sat Feb 03 2018

Nice hike on a cold day. Had the dogs with us and we all got our exercise for the day. Nice small stream flowing down granite making a peaceful sound of solitude.

hiking
Fri Apr 14 2017

Hiked and found the two geocaches. Nice flowers in bloom all along the trail. The stamp for the State Park cache is at the park office and that cache had been relocated, I assume, due to a fallen tree. Saw a good bit go wildlife - deer, squirrels, turtles, and anoles. Also lots of butterflies. Watch out for ticks though.

hiking
Thu Feb 16 2017

clean and easy trail. there's a geocache near the tree that makes a natural bench I found by accident.

Mon Sep 12 2016

Easy trail to walk. Even the trail marked "hard trail" is easy. No rain, so the creeks were dry. overall a nice walk through the woods. Saw several deer.. an armadillo.. a very large turtle in the pond. It was peaceful and enjoyable.

mountain biking
Mon May 16 2016

Trails ok, good for beginners.

running
Mon Dec 21 2015

I ran along the bike trails (going opposite way) and did over 8 miles. There was a lot of trail left too! The creek is pretty but other than that it was just a run in the woods. I liked it.

hiking
Sat May 24 2014

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!

hiking
Tue Mar 26 2013

They now have miles of mountain biking trails that are great for hiking too! Beautiful scenery. Park employees were very friendly and helpful!

hiking
Tue May 22 2012

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.

hiking
Sun Jul 24 2011

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!!

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