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


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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.”

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
   Hard Labor Creek State Park Business Plan

Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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Become a Friend of Hard Labor Creek State Park.


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 5,804 Acres
    • 20 Cottages ($145-$160, higher during Masters Week) – cable TV, #13, #14 and #17 are dog friendly ($45 fee dog, max 2)
    • 48 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($26-$32) -- buddy sites available, some sites close during winter
    • 2 Group Shelters (seat 85 and 120, $95-$275)
    • 2 Group Camps:
       - Group Camp Rutledge (sleeps 120, $625)
              Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200 - must call park)
       - Group Camp Daniel Morgan (sleeps 75, $500)
              Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200 - must call park)
    • Pioneer Group Campgrounds ($50)
    • 4 Picnic Shelters and Barbecue Pit ($35-$90)
    • 11 Horse Campsites ($26-$32)
    • 30 Horse Stalls ($18)
    • Equestrian Riding Ring
    • Swimming Beach and Bathhouse (seasonal)
    • 2 Lakes
    The Creek Golf Course ($36-$46)
    • WIFI is available at the Trading Post and Club House.


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    • Golf (rental carts, driving range)
    • Lake Swimming (seasonal)
    • Boat Rental – pedal boats (seasonal), kayaks (seasonal), canoes and fishing boats
    • Fishing
    Birding
    Horseback Riding – trail fee, annual passes available, 22-mile trail, stalls, riding ring, equestrian camping, no horse rentals
    - Rules of Stable & Equestrian Trail Use
    Biking - 12.5 miles of beginner to intermediate trails, fee
    Hiking – 2.5-mile trail, weekday hiking on 22-mile horse trail
    Geocaching
    Group Camp Programs
    • Playground
    Weddings (park approval required)


Camping & Golf Packages are available at the park's 18-hole The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor. Call 1-888-353-4592 or click here for more information.



Hard Labor Creek Field Trip Guide


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Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 9 AM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for the ride. 706-557-3001.
Mother's Day Twilight Paddle
Sunday, May 10, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTake mom out on this sunset paddle on Lake Rutledge. Enjoy the setting sun, nature sounds, and interesting facts about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park on this Ranger-Guided tour. Register in advance, all tours leave from beach area.  15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Friday, May 15, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, May 15, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jun 12, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunLake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Meet at Beach.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
National Kids to Parks Day New Moon Paddle
Friday, May 15, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin a Park Ranger on this guided night tour featuring a sky full of stars and constellations. National Kids to Parks Day is national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation. What better way to spend the evening with family and friends on Lake Rutledge. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaHard Labor Creek State Park holds many natural treasures that need our help to shine! Join parks staff as we enhance our park's beauty by clearing invasive species and restoring habitats for future generations of people and wildlife to enjoy. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Please sign up in advance. 706-557-3001.
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
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Tons of FunJoin a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Memorial Day Night Paddle
Friday, May 22, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEnjoy this after hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after the sun goes down. Enjoy some night sounds, astronomy, and a bit of History on this relaxing kayak tour. Register in advance. Tours leave from beach area.  15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 23, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 9:20 PM to 11:20 PM
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
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Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, May 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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Tons of FunJoin a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. All participants meet at the Beach.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
National Trails Day - Audubon " Intro to Birding" walk
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaFor National Trails Day we are leading this 1.25-mile guided bird walk on the Beaver Pond Loop Trail. This walk is intended for all ages, the terrain is moderately strenuous. We will walk at a slow pace and listen for Summer Tanagers, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo's and Great-Crested Flycathers. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
National Trails Day - Frogging (and other night sounds) by Kayak
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin Linda May, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for Georgia's Non-Game Conservation Division and Frog expert, on this "Frogging" by Kayak tour. Learn what species of frogs live in Georgia, and how to identify frogs by ear, as we kayak around Lake Rutledge. Space is limited, per-registration required. Participants meet at Beach.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junor Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaAre your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer. Kids ages 6 - 12 can earn a level 1 Jr Ranger Patch in this 3-day camp. Participants will learn about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, archery, keeping a nature journal and much more. Register in advance, space is limited.  $75 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
"Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, Jun 19, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunHard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Father's Day Paddle
Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunGive Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Enjoy this special twilight paddle and enjoy a Sunset over the water. All tours meet at Beach area. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
First Annual Trail Ride and Chuck Wagon Cook Off
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 11 AM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSponsored by the Georgia Commission for Equine, Georgia Argra Tourism, Georgia Grown, Georgia Farm Bureau. Come for a fun day of riding, and enjoy some great "Chuck Wagon" food. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible Perseids "Shooting Star" Party
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 to Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 3 AM
Join us on the beach this year, for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. On this night, a Ranger will keep the beach open until the early hours of the morning, and participants can lay down on the sand and enjoy the show. Bring a blanket and snacks. Pre-registration is required.  5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 to Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 11:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
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Tons of FunJoin a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area.  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Dirty Spokes Trail Run
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 7 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThe Mountain Bike Trail system is beautiful and offers something for every runner. Well groomed system of trails with gentle slopes and beautiful scenery will leave you breathless (if that doesn't, the 7.0/3.5 mile will). Register at http://www.dirtyspokes.net/hard-labor-creek-state-park/ $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Tons of FunEnjoy your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Learn about the park history, astronomy, and enjoy a paddle under the stars. Tours meet at beach area, space is limited, per-registration required.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Butterfly Workshop
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis workshop is for beginner butterfly enthusiasts. Geared for ages 10 years old and up, there will be a slide show on Georgia Butterflies, held in the conference room of the golf Pro-Shop, at "The Creek" golf course. Then, the participants will caravan down to the butterfly habitat area and look for wild species of butterfly. Call to register.  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Total Lunar Eclipse Paddle
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 8 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEnjoy this rare occasion to see a total lunar eclipse while paddling on Lake Rutledge. The eclipse will start at about 8 pm, and reach the peak (Blood Moon phase) at about 10:00 p.m. Space is limited, please preregister. Tour will depart from beach.  20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Spooky Wagon Ride
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 30, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and volunteers on this frightful wagon ride through a dark and creepy forest. Meet a strange and ghastly cast of characters along the way. Wagon will depart from beach parking lot, each ride lasts about 20 minutes. Rides will be first come first serve.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Address/Directions
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.

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Hard Labor Creek State Park
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Hard Labor Creek State Park


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