Hard Labor Creek State Park

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

OCTOBER 31–NOVEMBER 2 CLOSURE: Hard Labor Creek State Park will be CLOSED to the public during the Quota Hunt, 10/31–11/2, 2016. ALL day-use and overnight facilities including biking, equestrian, and hiking trails will be closed for these three days. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation with the closure. The visitor center will remain open to answer phone calls, but only hunters selected for this hunt will be allowed on the park. The park property will reopen to all guests at 7 a.m. November 3, 2016.

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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.”

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

(except Swimming Beach & adjoining picnic area)
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)
• Equestrian Riding Ring
Meeting Room (seats 100, $150)
• Swimming Beach & Bathhouse — seasonal: May 1–September 15
• 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 stables & equestrian trails
• Biking (fee) — 12.5 miles of trails
• Hiking — 2.5 miles of trails; horse trail open to hikers weekdays only
• Geocaching
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

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Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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 round $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Costume Contest at The Trading Post
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
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
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Nov 4, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Coffee With A Ranger
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
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.
A Walk in the Woods
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Join a Park Ranger on a one mile hike along the Brantley Trail. Learn about the Brantley family who settled in the area in the early 1800's while enjoying the beauty of nature along this beautiful trail. Meet at the park office.  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Moonlight Movie
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
In celebration of our state parks' 85th anniversary, we will be showing the 1930's "The Thin Man". Concessions, popcorn and sodas will be available for this event. $5 parking. 706-557-3004.
Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663
Morgan County

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

Hard Labor Creek State Park