Hard Labor Creek State Park

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

NOTICE: Beginning Monday, August 1st, the Swimming Beach will be closed Monday–Thursday, and will be open Friday–Sunday 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
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 Swimming Beach & adjoining picnic area)
7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 5,804 Acres
• 20 Cottages ($145–$160, higher during Masters Week) — #13, #14 & #17 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 48 Campsites ($26–$32) — some seasonal
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 85 & 120, $95–$275)
• Group Camp Rutledge (sleeps 120, $625)
› Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200; call to reserve)
• Group Camp Daniel Morgan (sleeps 75, $500)
› Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200; call to reserve)
• Pioneer Group Campgrounds ($50)
• 4 Picnic Shelters & Barbecue Pit ($35–$90)
• 11 Horse Campsites ($26–$32)
• 30 Horse Stalls ($18) — call to reserve
• Equestrian Riding Ring
• Swimming Beach & Bathhouse — seasonal: May 1–September 15
• 2 Lakes
The Creek Golf Course ($36–$46)
wireless connection Available in the park office & golf course clubhouse

Things To Do & See:

• Golf
• Swimming — seasonal
• Kayak, Canoe & Pedalboat Rental — seasonal
• Boat Rental
• 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

School Programs at Hard Labor Creek

Friends of Hard Labor Creek

Park Review on FieldTripsWithSue.com


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Events
Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Come and enjoy our miniature golf course in a different light - meaning at night. The park will be keeping the mini-golf course open late and provide glow-in-the dark accessories; the course itself will have markers to assist players in navigating each hole.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
First Detector Workshop
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 until Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
The First Detectors program offers two day advanced workshops to provide educational materials, tools and training for stakeholders including: Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Citizen Scientists, Professionals, and other volunteers to help identify, report and manage invasive species.  Workshop Cost : $50 Includes Educational Materials, Snacks, and Lunches for both days. $5 parking. 229-386-3298.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
All hands on deck to clear loose brush and limbs from the park's cottage area. We will be trimming trees, gathering downed wood, and all sorts of late-summer yard work. 706-557-3001.
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.


Park directions map

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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