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 Cottage Living

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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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  • 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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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

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Boat Rental

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • 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 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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  • Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House

    Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House

    05/23/2015 - 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: call 404-413-6024. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day.

     

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

    Saturday, June 27, 2015
    9:20 p.m. - 11:20 p.m.

    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

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  • Full Moon Kayak Tour

    Full Moon Kayak Tour

    05/29/2015 - 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.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk

    06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015

    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

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  • National Trails Day - Frogging (and other night sounds) by Kayak

    National Trails Day - Frogging (and other night sounds) by Kayak

    06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015

    Join Linda May, environmental outreach coordinator for Georgia's Non-Game Conservation Division and frog expert, on this "Frogging" by Kayak tour. Learn what species of frogs live in Georgia, and how to identify frogs by ear, as we kayak around Lake Rutledge. Space is limited, per-registration required. Participants meet at the beach.

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  • National Trails Day - Audubon

    National Trails Day - Audubon "Intro to Birding" Walk

    06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015

    For National Trails Day, join us on a 1.25-mile guided bird walk on the Beaver Pond Loop Trail. This walk is intended for all ages. The terrain is moderately strenuous. We will walk at a slow pace and listen for Summer Tanagers, Yellow-billed Cuckoo's and Great-Crested Flycatchers. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post.

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  • New Moon Kayak Tour

    New Moon Kayak Tour

    06/12/2015 - 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.

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  • Bike Trails Work and Ride

    Bike Trails Work and Ride

    06/13/2015 - 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.

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  • Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday

    Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday

    06/13/2015 - 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 habitats for future generations of people and wildlife to enjoy. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Please sign up in advance.

     

    Saturday, June 13, 2015
    3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, August 29, 2015
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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

    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, and pre-registration required.

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  • Home School At Hard Labor

    Home School At Hard Labor

    07/22/2015 - 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.

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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 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, 2015
    10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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  • Labor Day Weekend Night Kayak

    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.

     

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  • Dirty Spokes Trail Run

    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/.

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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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