Hard Labor Creek State Park

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Hard Labor Creek State Park


(706) 557-3001

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Things To Do


While this park may be best known for its golf course, The Creek, it also offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a beautiful wooded setting. More than 24 miles of trails are available for hikers and horseback riders, and equestrians can enjoy their own camping area near stalls. A lakeside beach and bathhouse are popular with swimmers during warmer months.

The park 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 park's name is thought to come either from slaves who tilled summer fields or Native Americans who found it difficult to ford.

Businesses, clubs and other groups looking for meeting space can rent the park's six shelters. When the group camp is not in use, the park also rents the dining hall at a discount for meetings.

Map of Hard Labor Creek (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.657996, -83.603468



  • Boating

    There are two lakes which visitors are welcome to bring there own craft or rent pedal boats (seasonal), canoes or fishing boats.

  • Camping

    The park has 49 campsites available for camping, each site has water, 20 & 30 amp electrical service, picnic table, grill, and fire ring. Cable hook up available. Comfort station has washer/dryer.

    In addition the park has 20 cottages that can sleep 8. The cottage have one full bath, bed and bath linens are provided and provide a fully equipped kitchen with microwave. Cottage has heat/ac, cable tv, and a fireplace (wood not provided) and an attached screened porch, and a picnic table and grill outside.

  • Fishing

    Visitors are welcome to fish the creek that runs through the park.

  • Golfing

    The Creek at Hard Labor is home to what has been called "the hardest starting hole in Georgia" by golfers who have played it. The 18-hole course, located between Madison and Covington off I-20, has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike, for its challenging layout in a pristine, natural setting. Its Champion Bermuda greens are considered some of the truest and best maintained in the area. Come take a new look at The Creek at Hard Labor. The price combined with top-notch service and course conditioning will insure you play again and again.

    The course has a full-service golf shop featuring golf accessories, snack bar and group/individual lessons (with advance appointment).

    The course is open 8:00 a.m. to Dusk. (Hours may vary according to season. Open daily except on Christmas Day) and reservations for tee times taken seven days a week - recommended on weekends and holidays.

  • Hiking

    The park has a 2.5-mile trail and allows weekday hiking on 22-miles of horse trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    There is a 22-mile trail, stalls, riding ring, equestrian camping but no horse rentals at Hard Labor. In addition to the trails this area includes paved parking, campsites with water and electricity, a bathroom with hot showers, and a large riding ring. A negative equine infectious anemia test must be presented prior to riding any state park trail.

  • Picnicking

    In addition to picnic tables located throughout the park visitors can reserve one of 4 picnic shelters

  • RVing

    The park has a variety of campsites that can accommodate up to a 50 foot motor home. Each site has water, 20 & 30 amp electrical service, picnic table, grill, and fire ring. Cable hook up available. The comfort station has washer/dryer. Those wishing to bring an RV should make reservations in order to ensure that they find a campsite that can accommodate there vehicle.

  • Water Sports

    Seasonal swimming is available.


The day use area of the park is open 7AM-10PM.



Located 2 miles north of Rutledge. Take I-20 exit #105 into Rutledge and proceed 3 miles on Fairplay Road.

Phone Numbers


(706) 557-3001

Campground reservations

(800) 864-7275