Hard Labor Creek State Park

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.”


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.

5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Morgan County



Perseid Shooting Star Party
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 until Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7 PM to 3 AM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join us on the beach for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. From 7pm-10pm we will have food vendors, live music, and a short presentation on what is considered the year's best meteor shower. The beach will remain open until 3:00am. $5 plus $5 parking - cash only...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
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Presenter/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.
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First Detector Workshop
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 until Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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.
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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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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