Hard Labor Creek State Park

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 6 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 hunt for scorpions by using UV lights, listen for owls, and watch the stars. You'll be meeting at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) to walk along an easy/moderate 1 mile trail. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Turkey Trek
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 11 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. Enjoy a moderate hike along Brantley and Beaver Pond trails. This 2.5 mile hike offers good chances for encountering wildlife while enjoying the scenic view. Meet at the Trading Post. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water. Call for more information and to pre-register. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Thanksgiving Paddle
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come out and enjoy a guided afternoon tour of Lake Rutledge on a kayak/canoe. Unwind while hearing about the history of Hard Labor Creek while paddling to the sounds of nature. Meet at the kayak rack (beach area). Bring water and sunscreen. Space is limited, preregister in advance. $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Soak It In 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Coffee With A Ranger
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a Ranger for fresh brewed coffee, and a demonstration on Dutch Oven cooking over a fire. Coffee, hot chocolate, and hot tea will be available. Call the Visitor Center to register in advance, space is limited. Meet at the trading Post (Visitor center). $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible 
Geocache Hike - Thanks Giving Prizes!
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 3 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy exploring nature with family while finding Hard Labor's seasonal treasures. Bring a GPS device or a smart phone. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Call to pre-register. Limited registration. Meet at the Traders Post Download the Geocache mobile app at: www.geocaching.com/play/mobile. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Outdoor Cooking 101 for Camping
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Bring your lawn chair and come out to the park to watch our staff/volunteers demonstrate various outdoor cooking methods that can be used when camping. Demonstrations will pertain to but are not limited to: Dutch Oven cooking, roasting, grilling, and steaming. Food sampling available. Visitors will be directed to picnic shelter #5. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

An Evening with Santa
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 3 PM to 7 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for a variety of fun activities. --Hay Rides 3-5 pm; tickets $2 --Santa's Parade 5:30 pm --Santa photos and Christmas singing 6-7 pm --Games, crafts, storytelling, and hot chocolate all evening. --Bring a decorated gingerbread house to enter in our contest. See you at the Trading Post (Visitor Center) $2 hay rides; all other activities are free $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible 

Monday, January 1, 2018

First Day Hike on the Beaver Pond - Brantley Trail
Monday, Jan 1, 2018 10 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Start the year off right by enjoying two pet-friendly, ranger-led hikes: one at 10 am, and another at 2 pm. We will explore the Beaver Dam Trail, as well as the Brantley trail. The combined trails will cover 2.5 miles, and will have a varied terrain, including hills and stairs. Meet at the Trading Post. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.