Hard Labor Creek State Park


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Winter Festival
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 2 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Get into the holiday spirit by joining us for a variety of festive activities - including a visit from Santa. He and Mrs. Claus will be at the park for photos. Got gingerbread skills? Enter your decorated gingerbread house in our contest. Tour the park on a hay ride or play a round of mini golf. Enjoy games, crafts, hot cocoa, and more! $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Campfire, S'mores, oh my!
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come enjoy a campfire, S'mores, and good company. Meet at picnic shelter 5. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Coffee With the Ranger
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a scoop of peach Dutch oven dump cake with a Hard Labor Creek ranger. Swap a few stories, answer some questions about the park history, and learn a few tricks for cooking outdoors. Samples while supplies last. Call the Visitor Center to register in advance, space is limited. Meet at the visitor center. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Guided Geocaching
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
With the help of a ranger, enjoy exploring nature with family while finding Hard Labor's treasures. Bring a smart phone, a toy for trading, and water. Wear closed-toed shoes for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Please download the free Geocache mobile app at: www.geocaching.com/play/mobile before coming to the park. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Using the skills we teach you and compass that we provide, find CCC and learn about the historic buildings at the park. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Campfire, S'mores, oh my!
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come enjoy a campfire, S'mores, and good company. Meet at picnic shelter 5. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Winter Wonder Hike on the Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 10 AM to 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Park Ranger on this 5 mile hike on the Mountain Bike Blue Trail. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills, gentle streams, and lots of forest scenery. Bring a camera to record your journey, and a light lunch to enjoy on the way. This hike is recommended for children over 10 years old. Meet at the Mountain Bike Trails parking lot $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
Wagon Rides and Hot Cocoa
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 4 PM to 6 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join in on the holiday activities. We will have the trailer decorated with lights and ornaments while taking a wagon ride through the park. Warm up with hot coca before the ride. Rides start every 30 min from the Trading Post/Park Office. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

First Day Hike on the Red Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 11 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Start the New Year off right with this 2 mile scenic hike. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 
First Day Hike on the Red Trail
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 3 PM to 5 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
This Ranger –Led hike will take visitors along gentle ridges and cascading creeks. Start the New Year off right with this 2 mile scenic hike. Explore our past as we walk by the remains of some unknown CCC constructions. Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hike geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
DIRT Event 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Hard Labor Creek Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 12 PM to 2:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Park staff will place candy filled eggs at the Lake Brantley recreation area for your little ones to hunt. Children will be placed in age groups (ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12). The Easter bunny will be on site for photos. Please bring your own basket. Stick around after the hunt for crafts, games, and wagon rides! $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

3rd Spring Pioneer Festival
Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 11 AM to 4 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Step back in time and experience what life was like when the CCC boys were building the park. Join us for CCC wagon rides, outdoor cooking demos, authentic chuckwagon, live bluegrass music and dulcimer jam, blacksmith, art and craft demos, pioneer games, food and more. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Two Miles Hike on the Blue Trail - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take an exclusive, Ranger led, hike along meandering creeks with beautiful scenery. Learn about the ecology of the area. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes to hike this moderate path. Water, bug spray, and sunscreen are encouraged. Meet at the Trading Post (visitor center) prior to the start of the hike as we will caravan to the location. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Brantley Trail Scavenger Hunt - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
All along the Brantley Trail there are numbered markers that correlate to the Brantley Trail map. These markers tell about the land and trees along the trail. Stop by the park office to pick up a trail brochure and mark card. After you have marked out all of the boxes, return it to the park office for a prize. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 9 PM to 10 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 Visitor Center to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Program suitable for kids ages 6 and older. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Thursday, Jun 11, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 6 - 9)
Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 6 - 9, runs from June 16 - June 18 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Registration opens on Monday April 15th. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 10 - 12)
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 10-12, runs from July 7 - July 9 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Register in advance, space is limited. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 10 - 12)
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 10-12, runs from July 7 - July 9 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Register in advance, space is limited. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Junior Ranger Day Camp (Ages 10 - 12)
Thursday, Jul 9, 2020 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer? This 3-day camp geared toward ages 10-12, runs from July 7 - July 9 (9 am-1 pm). It includes tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities such as: hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more. Register in advance, space is limited. $60 for one child $50 per child for two or more $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Junior Ranger Road Trip 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Perseid Shooting Star Party 2020
Friday, Aug 14, 2020 to Saturday, Aug 15, 2020 9 PM to 1 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us to view the best meteor shower of the year! From 9PM-1AM, come to the beach to enjoy concessions, acoustic music, and meteor viewing. Limited number of telescopes will be available to view the night sky or bring your own. $5 per person (cash only). Kids 5 and under free. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.