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

NOTICE: Within the next month, a prescribed 60-acre burn will happen and close the vicinity of the boat-ramp in the park. Please call the park with any questions.
CAMPING NOTICE: The main campground is closed for renovations, however, the equestrian campground is open. 
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   "Winter Golf and Cabin Deal" - ($130 per person includes cabin and golf with cart. Valid through February.)

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, 2 dogs max)
    • 48 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($26-$32)
       - Buddy sites available
       - Some sites closed 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 to reserve)
       - Group Camp Daniel Morgan (sleeps 75, $500)
              Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200 - must call park to reserve)
    • Pioneer Group Campgrounds ($50)
    • 4 Picnic Shelters and Barbecue Pit ($35-$90)
    • 11 Horse Campsites ($26-$32)
    • 30 Horse Stalls ($18 - must call park to reserve)
    • 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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Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 10 AM
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park holds many natural and historic treasures that need our help to shine! Join parks staff as we enhance our park's beauty by clearing invasive species and restoring habitats, or working in cultural areas that also need protection and care. Work schedule may be different each volunteer day. Please register in advance. 706-557-3001.
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Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
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Join 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.
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CCC Camp Walking Tour - Hidden Gems of Hard Labor Creek
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Join a Park Ranger on a guided walk through our remaining Civilian Conservation Corps buildings. This area is not open to the public so take advantage of this rare chance to see such an amazing and historically significant "Hidden Gem." Learn about the work and daily lives of the men who helped create our park. Call the front office to register.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Join 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.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Apr 8, 2016 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, May 6, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
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Lake 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 nighttime 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.
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Hat's Off to Our Equestrian Campers
Friday, May 6, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
For our equestrian campers. Celebrate "Derby" weekend by hanging your most decorated, bedazzled and race themed hat on the post by your campsite. Judges will choose the best hat and give out prizes accordingly. First place gets a free night of camping at Hard Labor Creek State Park! $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
National Kids to Parks Day "Blue Moon" Paddle
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Join 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.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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National Trails Day - Frogging (and Other Night Sounds) by Kayak
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Join Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Linda May, for this nighttime symphony performed by a host of nocturnal creatures on Lake Rutledge after dark. Frogs, crickets, and maybe an owl or two, may be heard on this easy paddle. Enjoy the stars after the sun goes down if the night sky is clear. Space is limited, please pre-register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
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Are 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.
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"Get Outdoors Day" History and Stargazing Night Paddle
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Join this guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after dark. Enjoy the cool night air, listen to night sounds, discover the history of the land and culture at Hard Labor Creek State Park. If the skies are clear, enjoy the learning some of the early summer constellations in the night sky. Space is limited, please register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Perseids "Shooting Star" Party
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 10 PM to 11:59 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016
Join us for a lovely and celestial night on the beach. We are keeping the beach open Friday and Saturday nights, until 3:00 am, for a chance to observe one of the best meteor showers of the year. Bring light snacks, soft drinks, blankets, lounge chair, sit back and enjoy the show. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Join park staff and volunteers as we celebrate the nation's "Pollinator Initiative" by planting native wildflowers in a 40 acre meadow. Wild mints, native thistle, and native asters are going to be the plants of choice this year, all native, and all collected near the park. Please call to register, so we know how many volunteers will be working. 706-557-3001.
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Spooky Wagon Ride
Friday, Oct 21, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Take a 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. Volunteer ghosts are needed; contact the park as soon as possible.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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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
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663 View Details


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Hard Labor Creek State Park


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