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 ($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.

    • Golf (rental carts, driving range)
    • Lake Swimming (seasonal)
    • Boat Rental – pedal boats (seasonal), kayaks (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 - 12.5 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.

Hard Labor Creek Field Trip Guide


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Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jan 9, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Feb 13, 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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Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
This 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.
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Deck the Campground Holiday Campsite Contest
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 4 PM to 7 PM
Help ring in the holidays at Hard Labor by decorating your campsite in a festive theme! Campsites will be judged and first place will receive a free night's camping at Hard Labor Creek State Park. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Geminids Meteor Shower Party on Beach
Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 10 PM to 11:59 PM
Monday, Dec 14, 2015
Considered one of the best meteor showers of the year, we will open the beach up from 10 pm on the night of December 13th, and keep it open until 3 am on the morning of the 14th. This is the peak time for watching the meteor shower, and a crescent moon will set early, leaving the sky nice and dark!  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Home School At Hard Labor
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Meet at the boat ramp for a fun filled evening learning about our night sky. Join experts from Charlie Elliot Astronomy Club who will share their knowledge of the stars and planets. Register in advance by calling the front office.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
1st Day Hike - Follow in the Footseps of the CCC
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Join a Park Ranger on a guided hike along the green trail. We will cross streams, observe nature and see what remains of the CCC rock quarry. Spaces are limited. Call the front office ahead to preregister. 706.557.3001. Get the New Year off to a great start with this moderately strenuous hike. $10 per person, $5 parking.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
First Day Hike on the Beaver Pond Trail
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Join a Park Ranger on this 1.5 mile guided hike on the Beaver Pond Trail. Explore a variety of habitats from upland forest to an actual beaver pond swamp. This hike is open to everyone physically able to hike the loop trail. Please call the office in advance to register. 706.557.3001. $5 per person and $5 parking fee.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Valentine's Day Twilight Wagon Tour
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
Come out and enjoy a twilight wagon ride with the ones you love on this special day. This family-friendly wagon ride will feature a guided tour of the night sky with a stop for s'mores at our boat ramp that overlooks scenic Lake Rutledge. Meet at the beach. Space is limited. Call the front office to reserve a spot.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
A Night to Remember - Valentine's Evening Hayrides
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Celebrate Valentine's evening with your special someone on a nighttime hay ride. Enjoy a guided tour by a park ranger on the ride. Cozy up to a fire and have s'mores while enjoying the beautiful night sky over Lake Rutledge. This hayride is geared towards couples. Space is limited. Call the front office to reserve your spot.  $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
Saturday, May 6, 2017 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.
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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