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Hard Labor Creek State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-557-3001
Golf 706-557-3006


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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.


   Hard Labor Creek State Park Business Plan


Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 5,804 Acres
    • 20 Cottages ($110-$135, higher during Masters Week) – cable TV, #13 and #17 are dog friendly ($45 fee dog, max 2)
    • 46 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$29) -- buddy sites available, some sites close during winter
    • 2 Group Shelters (seat 85 and 120, $185-$335)
    • 2 Group Camps:
       - Group Camp Rutledge (sleeps 120, $600)
              Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200 - must call park)
       - Group Camp Daniel Morgan (sleeps 75, $475)
              Dining Hall only (seats 75, $200 - must call park)
    • Pioneer Group Campgrounds ($45)
    • 4 Picnic Shelters and Barbecue Pit ($35-$85)
    • 11 Horse Campsites ($25-$29)
    • 30 Horse Stalls ($20)
    • Equestrian Riding Ring
    • Swimming Beach and Bathhouse (seasonal)
    • 2 Lakes
    The Creek Golf Course ($36-$46)
    • WIFI is available at the Trading Post and Club House.


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    • Golf (rental carts, driving range)
    • Lake Swimming (seasonal)
    • Boat Rental – pedal boats (seasonal), canoes and fishing boats
    • Fishing
    Birding
    Horseback Riding – trail fee, annual passes available, 22-mile trail, stalls, riding ring, equestrian camping, no horse rentals
    - Rules of Stable & Equestrian Trail Use
    Biking - 10 miles of beginner to intermediate trails, fee
    Hiking – 2.5-mile trail, weekday hiking on 22-mile horse trail
    Geocaching
    Group Camp Programs
    • Playground
    Weddings (park approval required)


Camping & Golf Packages are available at the park's 18-hole The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor. Call 1-888-353-4592 or click here for more information.


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Springtime Hike on the Bike Trails
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
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
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. Prizes go to the 1st and 2nd place spots, hole in one, putting contest, longest drive, closest to pin, ball drop, and various raffle prizes.  $60 - $240 $5 parking. 678-789-8641.
Viewing the Starry Spring Skies
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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 FunLake 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 GeorgiaDragonflies 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. Ages 10+.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 3, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, May 25, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Tons of FunExplore 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. Register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Sundays
Sunday, May 4, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
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. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. $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 GeorgiaJoin 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 FunArchery 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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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 FunAstronomy 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. Pre-registration Required, space is limited.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Home School Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Tons of FunJoin 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.
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 FunJoin 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. Register in advance.  $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
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.
Astronomy Wagon Ride
Friday, May 23, 2014 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHard 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 GeorgiaJoin 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 FunHard 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 FunMay 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 GeorgiaMake 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 FunAre 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. Register in advance, space is limited.  $50 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Father's Day Paddle
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Tons of FunGive 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 GeorgiaContinue 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. Register in advance, space is limited.  $50. 706-557-3001.
Viewing the Starry Summer Skies
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 9:30 PM to 11 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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 FunJoin 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/Directions
Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge , GA30663


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 View Details


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Hard Labor Creek State Park


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