Historic Heartland / Rutledge

Hard Labor Creek State Park

5 Hard Labor Creek Rd.
Rutledge, GA 30663

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

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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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  • Hard Labor Creek Kitchen

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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


  • Full Moon Kayak Tour

    Full Moon Kayak Tour

    03/25/2016 - 09/17/2016

    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.


    Friday, March 25, 2016
    7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Saturday, March 26, 2016
    7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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  • New Moon Kayak Tour

    New Moon Kayak Tour

    04/08/2016 - 09/03/2016

    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 nighttime paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Meet at Beach.


    Friday, April 8, 2016
    8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

    Saturday, April 9, 2016
    7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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  • Frogging (and Other Night Sounds) - National Trails Day

    Frogging (and Other Night Sounds) - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Join Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Linda May, for this nighttime symphony performed by a host of nocturnal creatures on Lake Rutledge after dark. Frogs, crickets, and maybe an owl or two, may be heard on this easy paddle. Enjoy the stars after the sun goes down if the night sky is clear. Space is limited, please pre-register.

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  • Bike Trails Work and Ride

    Bike Trails Work and Ride

    06/11/2016 - 10/08/2016

    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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  • Perseids

    Perseids "Shooting Star" Party

    08/12/2016 - 08/13/2016

    Join us for a lovely and celestial night on the beach. We are keeping the beach open Friday and Saturday nights, until 3:00 am, for a chance to observe one of the best meteor showers of the year. Bring light snacks, soft drinks, blankets, lounge chair, sit back and enjoy the show.

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  • Your State Parks Day

    Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    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.

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  • Spooky Wagon Ride

    Spooky Wagon Ride

    10/21/2016 - 10/29/2016

    Take a 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 beach parking lot. Each ride lasts about 20 minutes. Rides will be first come, first serve. Volunteer ghosts are needed; contact the park as soon as possible.

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