Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Hard Labor Creek State Park

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Swimming Beach opens May 1, 2014.

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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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.

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Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
 


Phone
706-557-3001
706-557-3006

Home School Wednesdays
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 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.
Twilight Paddle
Friday, Apr 18, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Springtime Hike on the Bike Trails
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike on the blue mountain bike trail. Welcome the spring season by enjoying beautiful waterfall vistas and wildflowers. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old and adults in good walking shape. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
"Save the Water Wheel" Golf Tournament
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Registrations includes golf fee, cart, range balls, light snack, swag bag, parking, and dinner after the tournament. Check-in begins at 11 A.M., and the tournament begins at 12 P.M...  $60 - $240 $5 parking. 678-789-8641.
Viewing the Starry Spring Skies
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join the Charlie Elliot Astronomy Club as they lead us on an adventure through the night sky. The new moon will create the perfect canvas for viewing constellations and planets through the telescopes provided by the astronomy club. Meet at the boat ramp on Lake Rutledge. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
New Moon Kayak Tour
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 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. Register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Searching for Dragons and Damsels
Saturday, May 3, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Sundays
Sunday, May 4, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/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... $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Friday, May 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, May 9, 2014 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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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.
Introduction to Archery
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, May 31, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a "Bull's Eye" and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8:15 PM to 9:30 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.
Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 8 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.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Friday, May 16, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 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. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014...  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Kayak Out to a Twilight Frog Slog
Friday, May 23, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Jun 20, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Listen to, learn about, and see our froggy friends as we paddle out to explore a wetlands area at sunset! Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at the Trading Post park office 15 minutes beforehand.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Constellations by Carriage
Friday, May 23, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Hard Labor Creek is a great place for star-gazing. Relax on this guided carriage ride by the beach.Call to pre-register, space is limited.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Historic Wagon Rides
Saturday, May 24, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, May 24, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 25, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join this guided wagon ride and learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the role they played in making Hard Labor Creek State Park. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Star Gazing Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, May 25, 2014 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 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.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Birding by Kayak
Monday, May 26, 2014 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
May is Migratory Bird Month, and what better way to enjoy the sights and sounds of birds than by an easy paddle on Lake Rutledge. We'll look for Kingfishers, Herons, and migrating warblers on this morning adventure. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Incredible Nature Crafts
Monday, May 26, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Make some great artwork with nature as an inspiration. Create a Pine cone Owl, Pine Staw Dolls, and beatiful leaf rubbings. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junor Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 until Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer. Kids ages 6 - 12 can earn a level 1 Jr Ranger Patch in this 3-day camp. Participants will learn about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, and keeping a nature journal...  $50 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Father's Day Paddle
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 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. Meet at the Trading Post/Park Office. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Day Camp (Level 2 badge)
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 until Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Continue your Junior Ranger knowledge in this 3-day camp designed to further the skills learned in the level 1 day camp. Kids ages 6 - 12 can earn a level 2 Jr Ranger Patch learning about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, and keeping a nature journal...  $50. 706-557-3001.
Viewing the Starry Summer Skies
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 9:30 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park
Join the Charlie Elliot Astronomy Club as they lead us on an adventure through the night skies. The new moon will set the perfect canvas for viewing constellations and planets through the telescopes provided by the astronomy club. Meet at the boat ramp on Lake Rutledge. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 10 PM to 11 PM
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 to Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 11:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 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 Perseids 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. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance.  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Address
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Morgan County
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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