Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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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Phone
706-557-3001
706-557-3006

Spooky Wagon Ride
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 30, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
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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.
Home School Wednesdays
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 9 AM
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 9 AM
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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.
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
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.
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
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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 a long leaf pine plot for future generations of people and wildlife alike to enjoy. Bring a lunch and plenty of water... 706-557-3001.
1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Valentines Day Wagon Ride
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 5 PM to 5:45 PM
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 7 PM to 7:45 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Bring your special someone to cozy up to underneath the night sky on Valentines Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a lovely view of the night sky. Space if limited, please register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Mar 20, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
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Tons 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.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, May 1, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, May 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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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.
Astronomy Day - Night Time Paddle
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Join us on this paddle to view the sunset, and the night time sky, as we enjoy the various constellations...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Mother's Day Twilight Paddle
Sunday, May 10, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Take mom out on this sunset paddle on Lake Rutledge. Enjoy the setting sun, nature sounds, and interesting facts about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park on this Ranger-Guided tour. Register in advance, all tours leave from beach area. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Memorial Day Night Paddle
Friday, May 22, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Enjoy this after hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after the sun goes down. Enjoy some night sounds, astronomy, and a bit of History on this relaxing kayak tour. Register in advance. Tours leave from beach area. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
"Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Friday, Jun 19, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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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.
Father's Day Paddle
Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Give Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Enjoy this special twilight paddle and enjoy a Sunset over the water. All tours meet at Beach area. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $15 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 on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseid Meteor Shower. This 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...  $20 plus $5 parking. 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.
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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