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


    Number of Holes: 18

    Open Year 'Round

    Par: 72

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway



    Boat Rental

    Setting & Style

    Rustic & Natural

    Site Information

    30 Amp Elec Hookup

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals

    Number of Sites: 46

    RVs Permitted

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Evening with Santa

    Evening with Santa

    12/16/2017 - 12/16/2017

    Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for a variety of fun activities. Enjoy games, crafts, and hot chocolate all evening. Bring a decorated gingerbread house to enter in our contest. See you at the Trading Post (Visitor Center).

    Hay Rides: 3-5 pm; tickets $2
    Santa's Parade: 5:30 p.m.
    Santa photos and Christmas singing: 5:45-7 p.m.

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  • Holiday Mountain Bike Ride

    Holiday Mountain Bike Ride

    12/16/2017 - 12/16/2017

    Kick off the holidays with our 1st annual 2017 HLCSP Mountain Bike Ride along four different courses: beginners, intermediate, advanced, and expert. Register online through December 15. Register race day: 9 a.m. at the park's office. Meet at the HLC mountain biking trailhead. There will be other holiday activities at the park throughout the day.

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  • First Day Hike on the Beaver Pond - Brantley Trail

    First Day Hike on the Beaver Pond - Brantley Trail

    01/01/2018 - 01/01/2018

    Start the year off right by enjoying two pet-friendly, ranger-led hikes: one at 10 a.m., and another at 2 p.m. We will explore the Beaver Dam Trail, as well as the Brantley trail. The combined trails will cover 2.5 miles, and will have a varied terrain, including hills and stairs. Meet at the Trading Post. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

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