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Hard Labor Creek State Park

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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.
 
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Directions

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.

Address
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Morgan County
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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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Phone
706-557-3001
706-557-3006

Attachments
HLCSP Field Trip Guide (PDF)
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Star Spangled Wagon Ride
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a park ranger before you fire up the grill on Independence Day for a wagon ride around the park. Learn fun facts about Hard Labor Creek and the history of the area while celebrating the birth of our great country! Wagon rides last approximately 25 minutes. First come, first serve basis.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 9 AM
More Dates...
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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.
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Hard 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 habitats for future generations of people and wildlife to enjoy. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post... 706-557-3001.
"Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Home School At Hard Labor
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 1:30 PM to 3 PM
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Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join 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.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners bird walk
Friday, Jul 24, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Friday, Aug 28, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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.
A Walk in the Woods
Friday, Jul 24, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger on a one mile hike along the Brantley Trail. Learn about the Brantley family who settled in the area in the early 1800's while enjoying the beauty of twilight along this beautiful trail. Meet at the park office.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 8:40 PM to 10:40 PM
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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.
Full Moon Wagon Ride
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Take in the beauty of a full moon at Hard Labor Creek on a relaxing wagon ride. Meet at the beach.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible Perseids "Shooting Star" Party
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 to Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 3 AM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join us on the beach this year, for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. On this night, a Ranger will keep the beach open until the early hours of the morning, and participants can lay down on the sand and enjoy the show. Bring a blanket and snacks...  5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 to Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 11:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 PM to 11 PM
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Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a park ranger as we watch what is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required...  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Dirty Spokes Trail Run
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 7 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
The Mountain Bike Trail system is beautiful and offers something for every runner. Well groomed system of trails with gentle slopes and beautiful scenery will leave you breathless (if that doesn't, the 7.0/3.5 mile will). Register at http://www.dirtyspokes.net/hard-labor-creek-state-park/ $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Learn about the park history, astronomy, and enjoy a paddle under the stars. Tours meet at beach area, space is limited, per-registration required.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
More Dates...
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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 night-time paddle...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Butterfly Workshop
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
This workshop is for beginner butterfly enthusiasts. Geared for ages 10 years old and up, there will be a slide show on Georgia Butterflies, held in the conference room of the golf Pro-Shop, at "The Creek" golf course...  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
"Your State Parks Day" Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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... 706-557-3001.
Total Lunar Eclipse Paddle
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 8 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Enjoy this rare occasion to see a total lunar eclipse while paddling on Lake Rutledge. The eclipse will start at about 8 pm, and reach the peak (Blood Moon phase) at about 10:00 p.m. Space is limited, please preregister. Tour will depart from beach.  20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Spooky Wagon Ride
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 30, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join 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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Contacts
Diane Cronin
706-557-3001  Hard Labor Creek State Park

Richard Brazel
Asst. Park Manager, Hard Lbaor Creek State Park

Sheri Rhoades
706-557-3001  Park Interpretive Ranger, Hard Labor Creek State Park

Terry Phillips
Golf Course Manager, The Creek at Hard Labor

Tom Fuller

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