Hard Labor Creek State Park – Campsite #2

Schools out in a week, so we decided to squeeze in one last camping trip with the kids before summer. We had a total of 12 people (5 adults and 7 kids) – so a group site was a necessity. A friend (and fellow Scout leader) recommended Hard Labor Creek State Park and we lucked out with an upgrade to Pioneer Campsite #2 – which was right on the water.

Campsite #2

And to make things even easier, we were able to drive in to the site and unload right next to the picnic shelter. Scattered thunderstorms were predicted for the afternoon, so the shelter and picnic tables were a welcome addition to the campsite.

Picnic Shelter

So we pitched our tents then took the kids fishing near the dam. There were 3-4 bass that we could see from the bank. Each was between 2-3 pounds and one even hit a night-crawler.

But no luck in landing one this afternoon. We resolved to rent a boat tomorrow so the kids didn’t keep getting hung up in the brush.

They were still full of energy, so we took them for a mile hike on the Brantley Nature Trail. They had to walk there from the campsite, so they got a good two miles in by the time it was over.

That slowed them down slightly, but they were still pretty amped up around the campfire – and having a good time. We managed to avoid rain today … but it came with a vengeance the following morning around 6am.

In between rain bursts, we packed up and headed home. There’d be no fishing from the boat today – lot’s of thunder and lightening. But I’d come here again. The staff was very friendly and the park was well maintained with plenty to do.

More photos are here.

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