Hard Labor Creek State Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.86 out of 5
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Beginner
15.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 300 ft
515
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Machine cut singletrack that meanders through the woods in a series of loops. As of this writing, the trail only consists of two loops: a beginner and an intermediate. Two more advanced loops are currently being flagged and will hopefully exist within the year. $5 fee for parking.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Days open?? Hours?? -Guest

A: 7AM-10PM every day

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Reviews (21)
 

Gramcounter


May 17, 2019
 
Review: It took me a while to get to hard labor creek but I'll be heading back as often as possible. It's hand cut and chunky pretty much the whole way through, but there are some great go fast sections to make it worth your while. The red trail was a slog and will throw some challenging stuff at you, definitely the highlight of the system, but I loved it all. Kudos to the folks that built this thing, well done.

Similar Trail: West Point lakeside

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Trailblazer


January 5, 2019
 
Review: Well designed trails that advantage of the terrain.Well marked and drain good.

Similar Trail: Cedar Ridge

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Trailblazer

May 15, 2018
Slee_Stack Trailblazer  
 
Review: Finally rode Hard Labor. I'm kind of kicking myself that I didn't give it a try years ago. I rode 17 miles which was most of the system (minus a few spots on Red trail). The parking lot for the MTB trails has no facilities, so make sure you bring enough water, don't need to change, or hit the bathroom. I did come across two large snakes hanging out in the middle of the trail on different sections, so do watch out. Hard labor had (4) MTB trails plus a connector. The Orange is a 1 mi warm-up, beginner trail. Not much to it. Purple is a two way connector. Relatively short and nothing of significance on it. The Green trail isn't technical at all, but has many fun, flowy sections where you can keep an insane speed up. I probably rode it too fast as it was my first time at Hard Labor, but I had a blast. It also has a fairly easy quick creek cross section that is nice for cooling your legs with a quick splash. Blue trail was easier still, but was really scenic. It follows a nice creek for a mile or two and there's a small waterfall and some other pretty sections. Blue isn't quite as good for keeping up a high rate of speed, but its still enjoyable. Red trail is classified as the only 'intermediate' trail at HL, and it can be pretty sneaky challenging at times. There are at least (4) 'shortcuts' to knock mileage down if one is looking to bail. I ended up taking the last (2) since I ran out of water, had no idea of what was left, and didn't want to push it in 90-95 weather. In retrospect, I probably should have done the extra 0.75mi. There's constant up/down on Red trail and some of the hills are pretty steep. There's also lots of roots/rocks/gnar. Red trail is definitely a workout and has its challenges sprinkled in, but its not outrageous. Hard Labor is an old school trail system. Its not machine cut, and there's lots of stuff to keep you bumping and bouncing. In spite of that, its pretty damn fun and seems to beg to be ridden fast. I'll be back.

Similar Trail: Fort Yargo, Dauset

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Granny Gear

February 19, 2018
 
Review: I'll preface this by saying I have been mountain biking all of a month and a half so I am very beginner. This review is for the green loop which we did yesterday. Overall, this trail was challenging for someone like me that is still working on my conditioning and endurance, but I completed the whole trail without falling if that gives any indication of its doability. It was fun and challenging and I would definitely go back to ride it again. It could be considered beginner by someone with more experience, but I felt it was probably closer to the intermediate end of beginner. There was a bit more climbing than what I'm used to (for reference, we have been riding trails in the Augusta area) which meant stopping a lot. There's a creek crossing that I walked through. There's a sign that says to dismount, but you could probably cross by bike just fine. Some of the hills are pretty steep with lots of big roots and one part of the trail has a bunch of rock gardens. It's definitely a challenging trail for newbies like me, but it's not without its fun surprises for experienced riders.

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Granny Gear

August 26, 2017
 
Review: Good weather, good trails. Only did the Blue (beginner) route, but it was fun, well marked, and varied. Some good downhills on the Saturday direction. Only 1 place that I lost the trail due to distance between signs on the dirt road section. Good Ride

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Trailblazer

May 5, 2016
mpeagan Trailblazer  
 
Review: The previous nights light rain made the soil tacky and grippy while it did not create muddy conditions. The Tuesday 16-mile loop had good flow, minimal climbing and adequate downhill runs. Trial marking was adequate but at times a bit confusing. Overall, a nice easy ride.

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March 7, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: I I thought the trail was alsome. It flows very nicely
and it keeps you on your toes. They have added several new sections. We found about 16.5
miles of trails with some beautiful veiws. I would have given it a 5 but you pay $8 to ride and there are no restrooms.

Similar Trail: Dawsett trails

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Granny Gear

October 24, 2015
 
Review: This is a trail that is well maintained and a great trail to get started on with mountain biking. This is my local trail and one I ride quiet often. I typically do the blue trial when the kids are with me and when I ride alone, I do the red trail. I avoid the green trail when deer season is in since it boarders a hunting club's property. There are not too many technical areas on the red trail, lots and lots of tree roots and it gets a little tricky when all the leaves fall off the trees.

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World Champ


August 25, 2015
 
Review: Not awesome. Gets a little monotonous and honestly many sections just don't flow very well.

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August 6, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Fantastic set of trails, good technical stuff but mostly fast flowing trails with great scenery. We did orange, green, red and then cool down on blue. Measured out at 17.1 miles on Strava.

Similar Trail: Fort Yargo

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Hard Labor Creek State Park MTB Trail 3.86 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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