Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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.

Become a Friend of Hard Labor Creek State Park.

    • 5,804 Acres
    • 20 Cottages ($110-$135, higher during Masters Week) – cable TV, #13 and #17 are dog friendly ($45 fee dog, max 2)
    • 46 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$29) -- buddy sites available, some sites close during winter
    • 2 Group Shelters (seat 85 and 120, $185-$335)
    • 2 Group Camps:
       - Group Camp Rutledge (sleeps 120, $600)
              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-$85)
    • 11 Horse Campsites ($25-$29)
    • 30 Horse Stalls ($20)
    • 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.

    • Golf (rental carts, driving range)
    • Lake Swimming (seasonal)
    • Boat Rental – pedal boats (seasonal), canoes and fishing boats
    • Fishing
    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 - 10 miles of beginner to intermediate trails, fee
    Hiking – 2.5-mile trail, weekday hiking on 22-mile horse trail
    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.


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Home School Wednesdays
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
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.
Beach House Beautification
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and Friends of Hard Labor Creek State Park volunteers and help re-furbish the beach house, located at the public beach area. The interior of the beach house will be re-painted, and there will also be landscaping work to do trimming and pruning shrubs and small trees along the edge of the beach house. 706-557-3001.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Tons 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.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Tons of FunAstronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Join us on this paddle to view the sunset, and the night time sky, as we enjoy the various constellations. Pre-registration Required, space is limited.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
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. There will be "Super Moons during the month of September. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
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.
Spooky Wagon Ride
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
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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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 10 AM to 1 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 a long leaf pine plot for future generations of people and wildlife alike to enjoy. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. 706-557-3001.
1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Valentines Day Wagon Ride
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 5 PM to 5:45 PM
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 7 PM to 7:45 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaBring your special someone to cozy up to underneath the night sky on Valentines Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a lovely view of the night sky.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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.

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

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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