Hard Labor Creek State Park

Hard Labor Creek State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-557-3001
Golf 706-557-3006


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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
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› Memo — New World Screwworm, 10/27/16
"Hard Labor Creek State Park’s many beautiful Piedmont habitats intertwine with the historic landscape transformed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, providing solace and solitude for recreation and reflection."

While this park may be best known for its golf course, it also offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a beautiful wooded setting. A lakeside beach is popular with swimmers during summer months, and more than 24 miles of trails are available for hikers and horseback riders. Horse owners even have their own private camping area near stalls. Other overnight guests can choose from fully equipped cottages or a modern campground. With so many ways to relax, it is ironic that the park’s name is thought to come from slaves who tilled summer fields or American Indians who found the creek difficult to cross.

Located between Madison and Covington off I-20, The Creek Golf Course provides one of Georgia’s best golf values, along with a pro shop, driving range, rental carts and special rates for seniors and children. The 18-hole course is a favorite for its challenging layout and well maintained greens combined with a pristine, natural setting. The first hole has been called "the hardest starting hole in Georgia.”

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

(except beach and picnic area)
7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 5,804 Acres
• 20 Cottages — #13, #14 & #17 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 51 Campsites — some seasonal
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 85 & 120)
• Group Camp Rutledge (sleeps 120)
› Dining Hall only (seats 75) — reserve through park office
• Group Camp Daniel Morgan (sleeps 75)
› Dining Hall only (seats 75) — reserve through park office
• Pioneer Group Campgrounds
• 4 Picnic Shelters
• 11 Horse Campsites
• 30 Horse Stalls
• Equestrian Riding Ring
Meeting Room (seats 100)
• Swimming Beach & Bathhouse — seasonal: May 1–September 15
• 2 Lakes
The Creek Golf Course
wireless connection Available in the park office & golf course clubhouse

Things To Do & See:

• Golf
• Swimming — seasonal
• Kayak and Boat Rental — seasonal
• Fishing
• Horseback Riding (trail fee, annual pass available) — 22-mile trail (open to hikers weekdays only); stalls; riding ring; equestrian camping; no horse rentals; rules of stables & equestrian trails
• Biking — 12.5 miles of trails
• Hiking — 2.5 miles of trails; horse trail open to hikers weekdays only
• Geocaching
Group Camp Programs
• Foot Golf — coming soon!
• Playground
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Athens, Georgia
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Historic Madison, GA
• Historic Rutledge, GA
• Lake Oconee
• Oconee National Forest
Panola Mountain State Park

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Volunteer Trails Work Day
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
This volunteer workday is a great way for individuals, families, or community service oriented groups to do some great outside work. Meet other volunteers of Hard Labor Creek State Park and enjoy the work, company, and the outdoors. Work could include cutting back brush, raking, helping construct bridges or putting up directional signs. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Volunteer Kayak clean up Lake Rutledge and Lake Brantley
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
This is a great opportunity to get out on the water and help preserve the natural beauty of Hard Labor Creeks aquatic environment. We will kayak or canoe while removing trash first from Lake Rutledge and on the following day we will clean Lake Brantley. Join us for one or both days. Snacks will be provided. There is no charge for this event.  no fee. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Tour of Lake Rutledge
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
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Meet at the kayak rack near the beach for an evening paddle on Lake Rutledge. Space is limited. Please preregister 24 hours in advance for this event. Please stop by the office to purchase a $5 park pass per vehicle.  $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Soak It In
Junior Ranger Camp
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek will be hosting 3 days of nature adventures and arts and crafts fun for children ages 6-12.  $60 for one child $45 per child for two or more. 706-557-3001.
Fishing with Kevin
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Enjoy this exciting event as you learn fishing basics such as fish identification, types of gear used, and different kinds of bait. Then go fishing with a park ranger on the banks of lake Brantley. Fishing gear is provided or you can bring your own. Limited to 10 participants ages 7 to 15. Meet at visitors center.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Perseid Shooting Star Party
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 to Sunday, Aug 13, 2017 9 PM to 1 AM
Join us on the beach for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. From 9PM-1AM we will have a concession, live music, and a short presentation on what is considered the year's best meteor shower. The beach area will remain open until 1 AM for those attending the Perseid Party. $5 plus $5 parking - cash only. 706-557-3001.  $5 per person. Kids 5 and under free. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Observatory Open House
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 8:45 PM
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 PM
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 7:30 PM
Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory will have an open house monthly, March through October. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. $5 parking. 404-413-6087.
Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Morgan County

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.6549850 | W -83.596848
Located 2 miles north of Rutledge. Take I-20 exit #105 into Rutledge and proceed 3 miles on Fairplay Road. Follow signs to Visitor Center.

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Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663 View Details

Hard Labor Creek State Park