Hard Labor Creek State Park


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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



Coffee With A Ranger
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a Ranger for fresh brewed coffee, and a demonstration on Dutch Oven cooking over a fire. Meet at Group Shelter #5. Coffee, hot chocolate, and hot tea will be available. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Moonlight Movie
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
In celebration of our state parks' 85th anniversary, we will be showing the 1933 edition of "King Kong", a marvel of stop animation film making. Concessions, popcorn and sodas will be available for this event. $5 parking. 706-557-3004.
Moonlight Paddle on Lake Rutledge
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Meet at the Beach at Lake Rutledge for a moonlight paddle! Please pre-register for this event by calling the park office at 706-557-3004. $15.00 per person, $7.50 if you have your own boat. Ages 6 and up. Limited to 20 participants.  $15.00 per person $7.50 if you have your own boat $5 parking. 706-557-3004.
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Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
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
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Come and enjoy our spooky 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 per rpund $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Costume Contest at The Trading Post
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Costume Contest for all campers! Prizes will be awarded for most original costume, scariest costume and most creative costume. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Campsite Decorating Contest
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Visit for the weekend, and decorate you campsite for Halloween. Win a prize for best campsite, and bragging rights for the year! $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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