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 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

  • Home School Wednesdays

    Home School Wednesdays

    09/24/2014 - 10/29/2014

    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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  • New Moon Kayak Tour

    New Moon Kayak Tour

    09/27/2014 - 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. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    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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  • Beach House Beautification

    Beach House Beautification

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM - Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA - Join park staff and Friends of Hard Labor Creek State Park volunteers and help re-furbish the beach house, located at the public beach area. The interior of the beach house will be re-painted, and there will also be landscaping work to do trimming and pruning shrubs and small trees along the edge of the beach house.  Bring gloves and any yard tools that you would like to use, though some will be provide... read more

  • Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House

    Georgia State Astronomy - Observatory Open House

    10/04/2014 - 10/04/2014

    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. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations. Call 404-413-6024.

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  • 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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  • Full Moon Kayak Tour

    Full Moon Kayak Tour

    10/10/2014 - 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 month of September. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle.

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  • Bike Trails Work and Ride

    Bike Trails Work and Ride

    10/11/2014 - 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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  • Spooky Wagon Ride

    Spooky Wagon Ride

    10/17/2014 - 10/31/2014

    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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  • Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday

    Hard Labor Creek Volunteer Saturday

    11/22/2014 - 03/14/2015

    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 a long leaf pine plot for future generations of people and wildlife alike to enjoy. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post.

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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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  • Valentines Day Wagon Ride

    Valentines Day Wagon Ride

    02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015

    Bring your special someone to cozy up to underneath this full moon on Valentine's Day. This wagon ride will begin at the beach, and take riders through some romantic landscapes with a moonlit view.


    Ride Schedule:

    Saturday, February 14, 2015:
    5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

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