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


  • Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt

    Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt

    11/18/2017 - 11/18/2017

    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 along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

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  • Turkey Trek

    Turkey Trek

    11/24/2017 - 11/24/2017

    Work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. Enjoy a moderate hike along Brantley and Beaver Pond trails. This 2.5-mile hike offers good chances for encountering wildlife while enjoying the scenic view. Meet at the Trading Post. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water. Call for more information and to pre-register.

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  • Thanksgiving Paddle

    Thanksgiving Paddle

    11/24/2017 - 11/24/2017

    Come out and enjoy a guided afternoon tour of Lake Rutledge on a kayak/canoe. Unwind while hearing about the history of Hard Labor Creek while paddling to the sounds of nature. Meet at the kayak rack (beach area). Bring water and sunscreen. Space is limited, pre-register in advance.

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  • 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, storytelling, and hot chocolate all evening. Bring a decorated gingerbread house to enter in our contest. See you at the Trading Post (Visitor Center).

    Schedule of Activities:

    Hay Rides: 3-5 p.m.; tickets $2
    Santa's Parade: 5:30 p.m.
    Santa photos and Christmas singing: 6-7 p.m.

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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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