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
» Equestrian Notice:
› 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 (fee) — 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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Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 12 PM to 3:30 PM
All along the Brantley Trail there are numbered markers that correlate to the Brantley Trail map. These markers tell about the land and trees along the trail. Stop by the park office to pick up a trail map and mark card. After you have marked out all of the boxes, return it to the park office for a prize.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 9:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 8:45 PM
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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.
Twilight Tour of Lake Rutledge
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Jun 17, 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 for this event.  $10-$15. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Soak It In
Volunteer Trails Work Day
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
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
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 9 PM to 10 PM
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.
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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