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This soft trail is well maintained and wide. It had rained the day before and the vegetation was lush and the air humid. The trail itself was dry. It has a secluded feel to it even though it follows the perimeter of the athletic fields. There are several unmarked short cuts around the northernmost ball field. However, once you enter the parking lot, it may take you a few moments to find the linkup. For this reason, the Park could use a kiosk with a trail map and signage along the trail. I also had difficulty finding the actual trail head. (For some reason, I wasn’t able to pull up this trail on my mobile device.) At first, I thought the trail started to my immediate right once entering the park. There are benches and interpretive signs on a crushed stone path as you enter the park. However, this is not the trail but a short walking display about the Park’s commitment to stream and water management. I found the actual trail head off the parking lot for the basketball courts, and the trail exits at the parking lot across the road near the lake.
First...the maps at Hard Labor Creek suck. We ended up having to ask for directions to the trailhead, which was down the road from the main park entrance, only marked by a Mountain Bike Trail sign, no where did it say anything about hiking or trailhead.
Once getting on the trailhead, you have to hike part of the Orange trail, and a connection trail (Purple) to get to the Blue trail. The map states the Blue trail is 5.4 miles, so the 7.1 comes from the other two.
The trail itself is outstandingly beautiful. Lots of shade; except on the last 1/4. The last 1/4 of the trail follows a service road, with no shade, so be sure to cover your skin. Lots of area next to the Creek. There are plenty of colored arrows to help lead the way, some with days of the week written on them to help bikers and hikers share the trail. The trail also has numbered markers, but...they have no correlation to the map (the map has blue dots, I guess to represent markers, but just dots no numbers).
This is an all natural trail. Unlike some, the stones, roots and ditches haven't been cleared or flattened out; so foot placement is important to not falling on your face