Hard Labor Creek State Park
Rutledge, GA 30663
706-557-3001 | 800-864-7275
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
Driving Range, Golf Cart Rentals, Lodging On Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms
Family-friendly, Number of Holes, Par
Near Interstate Highway
Suitable for Ages
Full Moon Kayak Tour
07/31/2015 - 08/29/2015
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. All participants meet at the Beach.read more
Bike Trails Work and Ride
08/08/2015 - 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.read more
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 with some acoustic background music. Bring a blanket and snacks. Pre-registration is required.read more
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
08/14/2015 - 08/23/2015
Join a park ranger as we watch what 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. Free for cabin and camping guests (click for more info). Preregistration required. All tours meet at beach area.
Friday, August 14, 2015
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday, August 15, 2015read more
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House
08/22/2015 - 10/24/2015
Georgia State University's Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
8:40 p.m. - 10:40 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2015read more
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m....
Home School At Hard Labor
08/26/2015 - 12/17/2015
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.read more
Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk
08/28/2015 - 08/28/2015
This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome.read more
Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday
08/29/2015 - 10/17/2015
Hard Labor Creek State Park holds many natural treasures that need our help to shine! Join park staff as we enhance our park's beauty by clearing invasive species and restoring habitats for future generations of people and wildlife to enjoy. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Please sign up in advance.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 2015read more
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak
09/05/2015 - 09/06/2015
Kick off your Labor Day weekend on Lake Rutledge. Join a ranger and experience the beautiful night sky by kayak. Meet at the boat ramp. Pre-register: space is limited.
Dirty Spokes Trail Run
09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
The Mountain Bike Trail system is beautiful and offers something for every runner. Well-groomed trails with gentle slopes and beautiful scenery will leave you breathless (if that doesn't, the 7.0/3.5 mile will). Register at http://www.dirtyspokes.net/hard-labor-creek-state-park/.read more
New Moon Kayak Tour
09/11/2015 - 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, stargazing, 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. Meet at the beach.read more
Pollinator Initiative - Your State Parks Day
09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015
Join park staff and volunteers as we celebrate the nation's "Pollinator Initiative" by planting native wildflowers in a 40-acre meadow. Wild mints, native thistle, and native asters are going to be the plants of choice this year, all native, and all collected near the park. Please call to register, so we know how many volunteers will be working.read more
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.read more
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.read more
"Haunted Labor Creek" Night of Tricks and Treats
10/31/2015 - 10/31/2015
Join park staff and campers for a fun-filled evening trick or treating throughout our campground. Camp with us and take part decorating your campsite for our trick or treaters. Prize will be offered for best decorated campsite. Enjoy campfire and smore's, tricks and treats. Join us on the spookiest of nights!read more