Hard Labor Creek State Park

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


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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
» Equestrian Notice:
› Memo — New World Screwworm, 10/27/16
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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Geminid Meteor Shower - The Heavens Last Hurrah of 2016
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Join us on the shore of Lake Brantley to view the last major meteor shower of 2016! Bring a lawn chair, a thermos of your favorite warm drink, and a cozy blanket. Reflect on the past year, as we enjoy some of winters best constellations. Please pre-register for this event by calling the park office. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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Holiday Crafts Workshop
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Join the interpretive staff at Group Shelter 1 for wintery crafts to help bring in the holidays. Snowflakes, snowmen, reindeer and more! Ages 5 and up, 3 and under with adult. Please register for this event with the park office.  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Deck the Campground Holiday Campsite Contest
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
Help ring in the holidays at Hard Labor by decorating your campsite in a festive theme! Campsites will be judged and first place will receive a free night's camping at Hard Labor Creek State Park. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Start the year off right by enjoying a pet-friendly, ranger-led hike. On this hike we will explore the Beaver Dam Trail, as well as the Brantley trail. The combined trails will cover 2 miles, and will have a varied terrain, including hills and stairs. Meet at the Trading Post, bring water and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hats Off to Our Equestrian Campers
Saturday, May 6, 2017 4 PM to 5 PM
This one is just for our equestrian campers. Celebrate "Derby" weekend by hanging your most decorated, bedazzled and race themed hat on the post by your campsite. Judges will choose the best hat and give out prizes accordingly. First place gets a free night of camping at Hard Labor Creek State Park. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
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