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

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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

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Boat Rental

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House

    Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House

    08/02/2014 - 10/04/2014

    Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 8 PM to 9:15 PM - Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA - 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 2, 2014
    8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

    Saturday, September 6, 2014
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  • Full Moon Kayak Tour

    Full Moon Kayak Tour

    08/08/2014 - 10/11/2014

    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. There will be "Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance.

    Friday, August 8, 2014
    8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Saturday, August 9, 2014
    8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Friday, September 5, 2014
    8:30 pm - 10:... read more

  • Bike Trails Work and Ride

    Bike Trails Work and Ride

    08/09/2014 - 11/08/2014

    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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  • Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour

    Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour

    08/15/2014 - 08/24/2014

    Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor shower because the meteors are often bright and leave long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp. Register in advance.

     

    Friday, August 15, 2014
    10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 
    11:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

    Saturday, August 16, 2014
    10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 
    11:30 p.... read more

  • New Moon Kayak Tour

    New Moon Kayak Tour

    08/23/2014 - 09/27/2014

    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 night-time paddle. Register in advance.

    Saturday, August 23, 2014
    8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk

    08/30/2014 - 08/30/2014

    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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  • Your State Parks Day - Beach House Beautification

    Your State Parks Day - Beach House Beautification

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Join park staff as we continue the work that we started last fall. We'll be cutting more small trees and brush, as well as raking around the foundations of the buildings. Our CCC Camp is one of the only places in the Southeast where you can stand where the CCC Boys ate, slept, and exercised. Bring gloves and any yard tools that you would like to use, though some will be provided. Lunch will be provided by the "Freinds of Hard Labor Creek State Park". Bottled water and limited snacks will be a... read more

  • Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle

    Astronomy Day Night Time Paddle

    10/04/2014 - 10/04/2014

    Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Join us on this paddle to view the sunset and the night time sky, as we enjoy the various constellations. Space is limited, and pre-registration required.

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  • 1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail

    1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail

    01/01/2015 - 01/01/2015

    Join a park ranger on this 1st of the year hike on the Blue Mountain Bike Trail. This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape

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