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Renovated Campgrounds at Hard Labor Creek State Park Now Open to the Public

Jun 28, 2016 01:28PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Hard Labor Creek State Park Campgrounds. Photo courtesy of Georgia State Parks.

A quick 2 hour drive and you are at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge. Its newly renovated campground will open on July 1, 2016. Visitors will enjoy the feeling of a secluded camping retreat while having easy access to modern amenities near their campsite.  

Additions to the campground include two new comfort stations, upgraded water and electrical service, and full-hookup sewer service at 12 sites. The road around the 51-site campground has been re-paved, and many campsites feature timber and landscaping work that add visual appeal and improve visitor safety. Nightly camping rates range from $26-$32 per night.

In addition to the campground renovations, eight of the park’s 20 cottages were completely renovated in 2015. These updated units have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as new furniture, screened porches with picnic tables, and spacious kitchens. All of the park's cottages feature screened porches, wooded views, cozy fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, and an outdoor fire ring or grill. Three cottages are designated as ADA-accessible, and two are dog-friendly (pet fee required). Rates range from $145 to $160 per night.

Across from the Visitor Center, and an easy walk from the campground or cottages, is a new ADA-accessible miniature golf course which opened on April 1st, 2016. The 18-hole course features concrete obstacles sure to challenge even the most experienced mini-golf enthusiast while still being fun for all. The fee for overnight guests is $5 per person, and all equipment can be rented at the Visitor Center.  

The name of Hard Labor Creek, which courses through the entire park, is said to have been given by slaves who worked the rocky soil planting cotton, or by American Indians who found the creek difficult to ford during times of heavy rain. The park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as it was constructed as a Recreation Demonstration Area by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1941 and has been open to the public ever since. Other amenities available at Hard Labor Creek State Park include an 18-hole golf course, a 24-mile equestrian trail system, and 16 miles of off-road bicycle trails. A 3-mile nature trail is available for hiking, as are the equestrian and bicycle trails (fees may apply). The park’s equestrian area features 12 tent/RV campsites and 30 horse stalls for usage by overnight guests.

Reservations and additional information for any of the park's facilities, including the campsites and cottages, can be made by calling 1-800-864-7275 or by going online to The Visitor Center can be reached at 706-557-3001, 8am-5pm daily.


About Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Georgia’s State Parks are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks.  Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more.  Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park.  

Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.

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