Historic Heartland / Rutledge

Hard Labor Creek State Park

5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge, GA 30663

706-557-3001 | 800-864-7275
  • Hard Labor Creek

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  • Hard Labor Creek Kitchen

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  • Hard Labor Creek

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  • Hard Labor Creek Hiking

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  • Hard Labor Creek Bedroom

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  • Hard Labor Creek Cottage

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  • Hard Labor Creek Camping

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  • Hard Labor Creek Stables

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  • Hard Labor Creek Cottage Living

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  • Hard Labor Creek

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  • Hard Labor Creek Boating

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  • Hard Labor Creek Horse Grounds

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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.

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

    Facility Amenities

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

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Number of Holes, Par

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway



    Boat Rental

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Bike Trails Work and Ride

    Bike Trails Work and Ride

    12/13/2014 - 10/10/2015

    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.

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  • Home School At Hard Labor

    Home School At Hard Labor

    12/17/2014 - 12/17/2014

    Join 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.

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  • Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday

    Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday

    12/20/2014 - 10/17/2015

    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.

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  • 1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail

    1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail

    01/01/2015 - 01/01/2015

    Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape

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  • Valentines Day Wagon Ride

    Valentines Day Wagon Ride

    02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015

    Bring your special someone to cozy up to underneath this full moon on Valentine's Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a moonlit view.

    Ride Schedule:

    Saturday, February 14, 2015:
    5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

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  • New Moon Kayak Tour

    New Moon Kayak Tour

    03/20/2015 - 10/11/2015

    Lake 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. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance.

    Friday, Mar 20, 2015 (7:30 PM to 9 PM)

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  • Full Moon Kayak Tour

    Full Moon Kayak Tour

    04/03/2015 - 08/30/2015

    Join 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. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. There will be "Super Moons", or full moons that are at their "perigee" or closest point in their orbit to earth, in August and September.

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  • Astronomy Day - Night Time Paddle

    Astronomy Day - Night Time Paddle

    04/25/2015 - 04/25/2015

    Astronomy 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. Space is limited, and pre-registration required.

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  • Mother's Day Twilight Paddle

    Mother's Day Twilight Paddle

    05/10/2015 - 05/10/2015

    Take mom out on this sunset paddle on Lake Rutledge. Enjoy the setting sun, nature sounds, and interesting facts about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park on this Ranger-guided tour. Register in advance. All tours leave from beach area.

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  • Memorial Day Night Paddle

    Memorial Day Night Paddle

    05/22/2015 - 05/24/2015

    Enjoy this after hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge after the sun goes down. Enjoy some night sounds, astronomy, and a bit of history on this relaxing kayak tour. Register in advance. Tours leave from beach area.

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  • "Get Outdoors" Star Gazing Kayak Tour

    06/19/2015 - 07/18/2015

    Hard 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 and pre-registration is required. All tours depart from beach area.

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  • Father's Day Paddle

    Father's Day Paddle

    06/21/2015 - 06/21/2015

    Sunday, Jun 21, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM - Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA - Give Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Learn some basic kayak strokes, and what gear is essential to take on a kayak trip. Meet at the Trading Post/Park Office. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

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  • Perseids

    Perseids "Shooting Star" Party

    08/13/2015 - 08/14/2015

    Join us on the beach this year, for the peak night (and morning) of the Perseid Meteor Shower. On this night, a Ranger will keep the beach open until the early hours of the morning, and participants can lay down on the sand and enjoy the show. Bring a blanket and snacks. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour

    Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour

    08/14/2015 - 08/23/2015

    Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseid 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. This year a new moon promises dark skies for viewing. Meet at the Beach area. Preregistration required.


    Friday, August 14, 2015
    10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    11:30 pm - 12:30 am

    Saturday, August 15, 2015
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  • Total Lunar Eclipse Paddle

    Total Lunar Eclipse Paddle

    09/27/2015 - 09/27/2015

    Enjoy this rare occasion to see a total lunar eclipse while paddling on Lake Rutledge. The eclipse will start at about 8 p.m., and reach the peak (Blood Moon phase) at about 10 p.m. Space is limited, please pre-register. Tour will depart from beach.

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  • Spooky Wagon Ride

    Spooky Wagon Ride

    10/24/2015 - 10/31/2015

    Join park staff and volunteers on this frightful wagon ride through a dark and creepy forest. Meet a strange and ghastly cast of characters along the way. The wagon will depart from the beach parking lot. Each ride lasts about 20 minutes. Rides will be first come first serve.

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