Hard Labor Creek State Park

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

NOTICE: Within the next month, Hard Labor Creek State Park will conduct a prescribed burn in a controlled area of the park. This burn will not impact park operations but will instead encourage the land to start healthy regrowth.

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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
» Equestrian Notice:
› Memo — New World Screwworm, 10/27/16
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.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/HardLaborCreek

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
Birding
• 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
• 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

Friends of Hard Labor Creek

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Events
Observatory Open House
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 7:15 PM
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 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.
Volunteer Trails Work Day
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9 AM to 10:30 AM
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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, Mar 18, 2017 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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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
Twilight Tour of Lake Rutledge
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Meet at the kayak rack near the beach for an evening paddle on Lake Rutledge. Space is limited. Please preregister for this event.  $8-$15. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Soak It In
Hard Labor Creek Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 12 PM to 1 PM
Park staff will place candy filled eggs at the Lake Brantley recreation area for your little ones to hunt. Children will be placed in age groups (ages 0-2, 3-5, 6 and older). The Easter bunny will be on site for photos. Please bring your own basket. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Hats Off to Our Equestrian Campers
Saturday, May 6, 2017 4 PM to 5 PM
This one is just 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.
Moonlight Movie
Saturday, May 6, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
"Seabiscuit" rated PG-13. join the park staff at the Equestrian Picnic shelter to help us celebrate Kentucky Derby weekend. $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. Follow signs to Visitor Center.


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Hard Labor Creek State Park
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Hard Labor Creek State Park