Historic Heartland / Rutledge

Hard Labor Creek State Park

5 Hard Labor Creek Rd.
Rutledge, GA 30663

706-557-3001 | 800-864-7275
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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."

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00


    Golf on Site

    Average Nightly Rate

    Call for Rates

    Facility Amenities

    Driving Range, Golf Cart Rentals, Lodging On Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Number of Holes, Open Year 'Round, Par

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway



    Boat Rental

    Setting & Style

    Rustic & Natural

    Site Information

    30 Amp Elec Hookup, Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Number of Sites, RVs Permitted

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt

    Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt

    05/27/2017 - 09/16/2017

    We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, 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. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

    Saturday, May 27, 2017
    8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Saturday, July 15, 2017
    9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Saturday, August 19, 2017 read more

  • Observatory Open House

    Observatory Open House

    06/03/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory will have an open house monthly, March through October. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow.

    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    9:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Saturday, July 1, 2017
    9:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Saturday, August 26, 2017
    8:45 pm - 12:00 am

    Saturday, September 30, 2017
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  • Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day

    Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day

    06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017

    All along the Brantley Trail, there are numbered markers that correlate to the Brantley Trail map. These markers tell about the land and trees along the trail. Stop by the park office to pick up a trail map and mark card. After you have marked out all of the boxes, return it to the park office for a prize.

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  • Volunteer Trails Work Day

    Volunteer Trails Work Day

    06/15/2017 - 07/20/2017

    This volunteer workday is a great way for individuals, families, or community service oriented groups to do great outside work. Meet other volunteers of Hard Labor Creek State Park and enjoy the work, company, and the outdoors. Work could include cutting back brush, raking, helping construct bridges or putting up directional signs.

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