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


  • Memorial Day Night Paddle

    Memorial Day Night Paddle

    05/26/2018 - 05/27/2018

    Join us for an after hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge once the sun goes down. Enjoy some night sounds, astronomy, and a bit of history on this relaxing kayak tour. Bring water, water shoes, flashlight, and bug repellent. Register in advance. Tours leave from beach area.

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  • Full Moon Lake Paddle

    Full Moon Lake Paddle

    05/28/2018 - 05/28/2018

    Enjoy a ranger-led paddle at night along the beautiful Lake Rutledge under the light of a full moon. Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime. Kids must be 8 or older. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here. Meet at the beach area. Bring a flash light, bug repellent, water-shoes, and water. Register in advance.

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  • Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt – National Trails Day

    Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt – National Trails Day

    06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

    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. We will meet 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.

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  • Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day

    Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day

    06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

    All along the Brantley Trail, there are numbered markers that correlate to the Brantley Trail map. These markers tell about the land and trees along the trail. Stop by the park office to pick up a trail map and mark card. After you have marked out all of the boxes, return it to the park office for a prize. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

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  • Twilight Kayak Tour

    Twilight Kayak Tour

    06/08/2018 - 07/28/2018

    Explore Lake Rutledge on this ranger-guided twilight paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Meet at the beach area. Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and water shoes. Register in advance.

    Friday, June 8, 2018
    7 p.m.

    Saturday, June 23, 2018
    7 p.m.

    Saturday, July 14, 2018
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  • Father's Day Twilight Kayak Tour

    Father's Day Twilight Kayak Tour

    06/16/2018 - 06/16/2018

    Give Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Enjoy this special twilight paddle and enjoy a sunset over the water. All tours meet at beach area. Please bring water, bug spray, and flashlight. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

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  • Observatory Open House

    Observatory Open House

    06/23/2018 - 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, June 23, 2018
    9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Saturday, July 21, 2018
    9:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Saturday, August 18, 2018
    9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Saturday, September 15, 2... read more