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Hard Labor Creek State Park

Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-557-3001
Golf 706-557-3006

CAMPING NOTICE: The main campground is closed for renovations, however, the equestrian campground is open. 
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Camping & Golf Packages are available at the park's 18 hole The Creek Golf Course
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.”

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 5,804 Acres
• 20 Cottages ($145–$160, higher during Masters Week) — #13, #14 & #17 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 48 Campsites ($26–$32) — some seasonal
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 85 & 120, $95–$275)
• Group Camp Rutledge (sleeps 120, $625)
          Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200; call to reserve)
• Group Camp Daniel Morgan (sleeps 75, $500)
          Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200; call to reserve)
• Pioneer Group Campgrounds ($50)
• 4 Picnic Shelters & Barbecue Pit ($35–$90)
• 11 Horse Campsites ($26–$32)
• 30 Horse Stalls ($18) — call to reserve
• Equestrian Riding Ring
• Swimming Beach & Bathhouse — seasonal
• 2 Lakes
The Creek Golf Course ($36–$46)
wireless connection Available in the park office & golf course clubhouse

Things To Do & See:

• Golf
• Swimming — seasonal
• Kayak, Canoe & Pedalboat Rental — seasonal
• Boat Rental
• Fishing
• Horseback Riding (trail fee, annual pass available) — 22-mile trail (open to hikers weekdays only); stalls; riding ring; equestrian camping; no horse rentals; rules of equestrian trail use
• Biking (fee) — 12.5 miles of trails
• Hiking — 2.5-mile trail; horse trail open to hikers weekdays only
Group Camp Programs
• Playground
Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Athens, Georgia
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Historic Madison, GA
• Historic Rutledge, GA
• Lake Oconee
• Oconee National Forest
Panola Mountain State Park

Hard Labor Creek State Park Business Plan

School Programs at Hard Labor Creek

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Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, May 27, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
HIKE FOR 5/20/16 IS CANCELLED. We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms, 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 after hours with special permission from a Ranger.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Frogging (and Other Night Sounds) by Kayak - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Join Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Linda May, for this nighttime symphony performed by a host of nocturnal creatures on Lake Rutledge after dark. Frogs, crickets, and maybe an owl or two, may be heard on this easy paddle. Enjoy the stars after the sun goes down if the night sky is clear. Space is limited, please pre-register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Bike Trails Work and Ride
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
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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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Junior Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 9:30 AM to 1 PM
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, archery, keeping a nature journal and much more. Register in advance, space is limited.  $75 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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First Detector Workshop
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 until Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
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.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Join park staff and volunteers as we celebrate the nation's "Pollinator Initiative" by planting native wildflowers in a 40 acre meadow. Wild mints, native thistle, and native asters are going to be the plants of choice this year, all native, and all collected near the park. Please call to register, so we know how many volunteers will be working. 706-557-3001.
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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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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. Volunteer ghosts are needed; contact the park as soon as possible.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Morgan County

GPS Coordinates:

Located 2 miles north of Rutledge. Take I-20 exit #105 into Rutledge and proceed 3 miles on Fairplay Road.

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

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST).
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