Hard Labor Creek State Park


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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
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› Memo — New World Screwworm, 10/27/16
"Hard Labor Creek State Park’s many beautiful Piedmont habitats intertwine with the historic landscape transformed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, providing solace and solitude for recreation and reflection."

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. Follow signs to Visitor Center.

5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Morgan County



Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 9 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile Brantley Nature Trail...  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 12 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
All along the Brantley Trail there are numbered markers that correlate to the Brantley Trail map. These markers tell about the land and trees along the trail. Stop by the park office to pick up a trail map and mark card...  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 9:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 8:45 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory will have an open house monthly, March through October. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. $5 parking. 404-413-6087.
Twilight Tour of Lake Rutledge
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Meet at the kayak rack near the beach for an evening paddle on Lake Rutledge. Space is limited. Please preregister for this event.  $10-$15. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Volunteer Trails Work Day
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
This volunteer workday is a great way for individuals, families, or community service oriented groups to do some great outside work. Meet other volunteers of Hard Labor Creek State Park and enjoy the work, company, and the outdoors... 706-557-3001.
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