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

    Activities

    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

    Family-friendly, Number of Holes, Open Year 'Round, Par

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Boat Rental

    Setting & Style

    Rustic & Natural

    Site Information

    30 Amp Elec Hookup, Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Number of Sites, RVs Permitted

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

    Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

    10/27/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Come and enjoy our spooky miniature golf course in a different light - meaning at night. The park will be keeping the mini-golf course open late and provide glow-in-the-dark accessories; the course itself will have markers to assist players in navigating each hole.

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  • Observatory Open House

    Observatory Open House

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

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

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  • Fall Trees and Leaves Hike

    Fall Trees and Leaves Hike

    11/04/2017 - 11/11/2017

    Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 12:30 PM - Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA - Winter can be a great time to learn "Bark and Buds" of our native trees. Join a Park Ranger on this Guided walk of the Brantley Nature Trail and discover how much fun learning winter trees can be. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance.

    Saturday, November 4, 2017
    12:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Saturday, November 11, 2017
    3:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Full Moon Lake Paddle

    Full Moon Lake Paddle

    11/04/2017 - 11/04/2017

    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, quick drying pants, and water. Register in advance.

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  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

    Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

    11/10/2017 - 11/10/2017

    Come and enjoy our miniature golf course in a different light meaning at night. The park will be keeping the mini-golf course open late and provide glow-in-the-dark accessories; the course itself will have markers to assist players in navigating each hole.

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  • Twilight Tour of Lake Rutledge

    Twilight Tour of Lake Rutledge

    11/11/2017 - 11/11/2017

    Meet at the kayak rack near the beach for an evening paddle on Lake Rutledge. Bring water, water shoes, and a flash light. Space is limited. Please preregister 24 hours in advance for this event. Please stop by the office to purchase a $5 park pass per vehicle.

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  • 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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  • First Day Hike

    First Day Hike

    01/01/2018 - 01/01/2018

    Start the year off right by enjoying two pet-friendly, ranger-led hikes: one at 10 am, and another at 2 pm. We will explore the Beaver Dam Trail, as well as the Brantley trail. The combined trails will cover 2 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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