Hard Labor Creek State Park

Many events have been postponed or rescheduled. Only current active events will remain on the calendar. Please contact the park for more information.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

iNaturalist BioBlitz - CANCELED due to weather
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join Hard Labor Creek and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinator species can be documented this September. On Sept 21, participants will learn the basics of identification and how to use the iNaturalist app. Then, we will explore the park and log all the species we can. Meet at the golf course meeting room. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 8 PM to 9 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll look for scorpions, millipedes and centipedes by using provided UV lights. Meet at the park office to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Program suitable for kids ages 6 and older. Bring a flashlight, bug repellent, and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Hard Labor Creek Annual Clean-up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Welcome the “End of Season” with a park cleanup. This year we are in need of 6 small groups of volunteers to help us with trail maintenance and cleanup. Pre-registration and social distancing are required. Please call the park office to register in advance. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Intro to Archery
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 11 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Want to shoot an arrow in archery, but don’t know how? Here’s your chance to learn some archery skills. Soon you’ll be hitting the bullseye. Program geared to participants 10 years and above. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Using the skills we teach you and a compass that we provide, find and learn about the CCC historic buildings at the park. Program geared towards visitors 8 years and older. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Paddle and Hike to Indian Rock
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led paddle + hike around Lake Rutledge will take participants back in time to the 1930s. By 1 hour paddle and then a short hike we will reach Indian Rock, one of the park's hidden jewels. Bring closed-toe shoes, water, and bug repellent. Call to register by paying in advance. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $20 with a rental craft, $15with your own $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Intro to Archery
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 4 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Want to shoot an arrow in archery, but don’t know how? Here’s your chance to learn some archery skills. Soon you’ll be hitting the bullseye. Program geared to participants 10 years and above. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Stargazing and Meteor Shower by Paddle
Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this guided paddle around the lake after dark. We'll look for the Draconid meteors and explore the sky for constellations. If skies are cloudy, we will discuss history and/or night sounds. Bring water, flashlight, a towel, and bug repellent. Social distancing and pre-registration required. Limited to 10 participants. $15 if you bring your own $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Oct 8, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll look for scorpions, millipedes and centipedes by using provided UV lights. Meet at the park office to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Program suitable for kids ages 6 and older. Bring a flashlight, bug repellent, and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Waterwheel Golf Tournament
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 8 AM to 2 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
$55 public fee, $45 Guests of HLC Annual M, $25 HLC Annual Members & HLC Staff Members. Fees include: green fees, cart, range balls, lunch and prizes! Proceeds will fund waterwheel preservation and park Infrastructure costs. Registration: 8 am, warm up: 8:30 am, shotgun start: 9 am, award and prizes: 1:30 pm. Registration: bit.ly/3sDegSm $25 - $55 $5 parking. 706-557-3006.
Paddle and Hike to Indian Rock
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This ranger-led paddle + hike around Lake Rutledge will take participants back in time to the 1930s. By 1 hour paddle and then a short hike we will reach Indian Rock, one of the park's hidden jewels. Bring closed-toe shoes, water, and bug repellent. Call to register by paying in advance. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $20 with a rental craft, $15with your own $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Fall Jr. Ranger Camp
Monday, Oct 11, 2021 9 AM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This 2-day program is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 11 - Oct 12 (9 am-3 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Get your badge at the and of the camp! Call the park office to register. $50 for one child $40 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fall Jr. Ranger Camp
Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021 9 AM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This 2-day program is geared toward ages 7 - 12 and runs from Oct 11 - Oct 12 (9 am-3 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Get your badge at the and of the camp! Call the park office to register. $50 for one child $40 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Oct 15, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll look for scorpions, millipedes and centipedes by using provided UV lights. Meet at the park office to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Program suitable for kids ages 6 and older. Bring a flashlight, bug repellent, and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Almost Full Moon Paddle
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 7 PM to 8 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a naturalist-led paddle on Lake Rutledge as the waxing gibbous moon reflects off the water. No pets; kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Bring a flash light, water, and a change of clothes (optional). Social distancing required. Space limited to 12 participants, so register in advance. $15 with your own kayak, $20 with ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Come discover the wild world of Hard Labor Creek. The first Tuesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 10 toddlers, 5 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Haunted House and Spooky Trail by the Lake
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 1:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come visit our Haunted House by Lake Rutledge for a family-friendly, slight-fright event. Walk through the haunted trail filled with scenes of your Halloween scary favorites, including an appearance by that hockey mask wearing man from the movies. Pre-registration (pre-sale tickets) and social distancing will be required. $10. **$8 If you buy tickets before 10/22** $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Come discover the wild world of Hard Labor Creek. The first Tuesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 10 toddlers, 5 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
Friday, Oct 29, 2021 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come and enjoy our miniature golf course in a different light — at night! The park will be keeping the mini-golf course open late and provide glow-in-the-dark accessories. We will provide glow in the dark golf balls and the course itself will have markers to assist players in navigating each hole. Please bring a flashlight. $3 cash only $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Hard Labor Trick or Treats, and RV Contest
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come camp with us on the spookiest of nights! Participate in our events for all overnight guests. Kids will collect candy from RV to RV or from cabin to cabin. Campers are encouraged to decorate their sites and compete for the prize of most festive set up. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Twilight Kayak Tour
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Explore Lake Rutledge as we scan the sky and woods looking for wildlife. Watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A ranger will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Bring water, bug spray and a change of clothes (optional). Pre-register in advance by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Come discover the wild world of Hard Labor Creek. The first Tuesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 10 toddlers, 5 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Toddler Tuesdays at Hard Labor
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021 10 AM to 10:45 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your little ones curious about the natural world? Come discover the wild world of Hard Labor Creek. The first Tuesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 10 toddlers, 5 years old maximum. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Home School at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Dec 29, 2021 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our naturalist for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 6-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.