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


  • Observatory Open House

    Observatory Open House

    03/24/2018 - 10/13/2018

    Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory (HLCO) will have an open house monthly, March through October. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset.

    Saturday, March 24, 2018
    8:30 p.m.

    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    8:45 p.m.

    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    9:15 p.m. 

    Saturday, June 23, 2018
    9:30 p.m. 

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  • Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt

    Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt

    03/31/2018 - 03/31/2018

    We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we don'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. Call the park office to register.

    Saturday, March 31, 2018
    8:30 p.m. - 9:40 p.m.

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  • Hard Labor Creek Easter Egg Hunt

    Hard Labor Creek Easter Egg Hunt

    03/31/2018 - 03/31/2018

    Park staff will place candy filled eggs at the Lake Brantley recreation area for your little ones to hunt. Children will be placed in age groups (ages 0-2, 3-5, 6 and older). The Easter bunny will be on site for photos. Please bring your own basket.

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  • Spring Pioneer Festival

    Spring Pioneer Festival

    04/21/2018 - 04/21/2018

    Step back in time and experience what life was like when the CCC boys were building the park. Join us for CCC wagon rides, campfire cooking demos, authentic chuckwagon, live bluegrass music, arts and crafts demos, quilt display, self-guided nature hikes, pioneer games, food and more.

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