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.


Friday, September 30, 2022

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Sep 30, 2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 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. 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 1, 2022

Beginner Archery Class
Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 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. Call the park office to register. Space limited to 10 participants. Social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 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.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Oct 7, 2022 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. 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 8, 2022

Paddle and Hike to the Cemetery
Saturday, Oct 8, 2022 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Are you curious about the residents that lived here before Hard Labor Creek became a state park? Join us for a ranger-led cemetery paddle and hike on a secluded section of the park. Please bring closed toed shoes, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-register by calling the park office. $15 if you use your craft, $20 if you use ours $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, Oct 8, 2022 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.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Full Moon Paddle
Sunday, Oct 9, 2022 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a ranger led paddle at night along the beautiful Lake Rutledge under the light of a full Moon. Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime. Kids must be 8 or older. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here. Bring a flash light, bug repellent, a towel/change of clothes and water. Call to register and pay in advance. $20 with a rental craft, $15 with your own $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
Friday, Oct 14, 2022 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come and enjoy our spooky miniature golf course, once again, in a different light — meaning at night. The park will be keeping the mini-golf course open late and provide glow-in-the-dark accessories; the course itself will have markers to assist players in navigating each hole. $5 cash only $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Accessible Event 

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Twilight Kayak Tour
Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 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.
Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come and enjoy our spooky miniature golf course, once again, in a different light — meaning at night. The park will be keeping the mini-golf course open late and provide glow-in-the-dark accessories; the course itself will have markers to assist players in navigating each hole. $5 cash only $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Accessible Event 

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Haunted Village at Hard Labor Creek
Saturday, Oct 22, 2022 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come visit our Spooky Haunted Village for a family-friendly, slight-fright event. Walk through the village filled with scenes of your Halloween scary favorites, including an appearance by that hockey mask wearing man from the movies. Social distancing will be required. Event suitable to ages 6 and above. $10 CASH at the door $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Haunted Village at Hard Labor Creek
Saturday, Oct 22, 2022 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come visit our Spooky Haunted Village for a family-friendly, slight-fright event. Walk through the village filled with scenes of your Halloween scary favorites, including an appearance by that hockey mask wearing man from the movies. Social distancing will be required. Event suitable to ages 6 and above. $10 CASH at the door $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Homeschool at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our Interpretive staff for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 8-12. 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 28, 2022

Haunted Stories and Campfire
Friday, Oct 28, 2022 8 PM to 8:45 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us for a night of frightful fun with ghost stories of Hard Labor Creek and s’mores by campfire light. Stories will start at 8:15 pm, blankets and chairs are not required, but suggested. Meet at picnic shelter 5. Pre-register in advance. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Trick or Treats, RV Contest, And Wagon Rides
Saturday, Oct 29, 2022 5 PM to 8 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. Tour around the park on our decorated conestoga wagon. Wagon rides $3 per person, cash only $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Haunted Stories and Campfire
Friday, Nov 4, 2022 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us for a night of frightful fun with ghost stories of Hard Labor Creek and s’mores by campfire light. Stories will start at 8:15 pm, blankets and chairs are not required, but suggested. Meet at picnic shelter 5. Pre-register in advance. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Haunted Stories and Campfire
Friday, Nov 11, 2022 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us for a night of frightful fun with ghost stories of Hard Labor Creek and s’mores by campfire light. Stories will start at 8:15 pm, blankets and chairs are not required, but suggested. Meet at picnic shelter 5. Pre-register in advance. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Volunteer Workday at HLC
Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 9 AM to 12 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The second Saturday of every month, meet Friends of Hard Labor Creek State Park and enjoy the work and company in the outdoors. Please click on the title to see a list of the monthly activities. If you can join us please email: friendsofhardlaborcreek@gmail.com. Help us make a positive difference. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared toward ages 6 years and older. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Haunted Stories and Campfire
Friday, Nov 18, 2022 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join us for a night of frightful fun with ghost stories of Hard Labor Creek and s’mores by campfire light. Stories will start at 8:15 pm, blankets and chairs are not required, but suggested. Meet at picnic shelter 5. Pre-register in advance. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Wilderness Survival (shelter building, fire building, knot tying)
Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Work by yourself or as a family team to create your very own shelter using the forest around you (surrounding sticks, branches, vines). Then, learn helpful skills about fire building and tying knots. All supplies provided. Geared toward ages 6 years and older. Pre-registration and social distancing required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Homeschool at Hard Labor Creek
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
The last Wednesday of every month, join our Interpretive staff for a variety of nature oriented, hands-on activities. Programs designed for children ages 8-12. Call the park office to register. Advanced registration and social distancing required. Limited to 12 students $8 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 17, 2022 until Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Holiday Hay Rides at Hard Labor Creek
2 PM - 4 PM from Dec 17, 2022 until Dec 18, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a guided hay ride around the campground and cottages. Following the hay ride, get warm by the campfire and indulge in some hot cocoa. Rides take place every 20 minutes from the mini-golf area. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 18, 2022 until Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Holiday Hay Rides at Hard Labor Creek
2 PM - 4 PM from Dec 18, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Enjoy a guided hay ride around the campground and cottages. Following the hay ride, get warm by the campfire and indulge in some hot cocoa. Rides take place every 20 minutes from the mini-golf area. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 19, 2022 until Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 20, 2022 until Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 21, 2022 until Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 22, 2022 until Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 23, 2022 until Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Self-Guided Candy Cane Trail
10 AM - 4 PM from Dec 24, 2022 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Exercise your brain and body on this ecology hike. Stop by the park office, pick up a trek card and set off on a self-guided hike on Brantley trail. When you have completed the trek return to the park office to pick up your Holiday sweet treat! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Social distancing required. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

First Day Hike - Follow in the steps of the CCC
Sunday, Jan 1, 2023 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, moderate to rigorous, scenic hike (11am and 2pm). Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hikes geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. Limited to 20. Preregistration required by 5 PM the day before. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
First Day Hike - Follow in the steps of the CCC
Sunday, Jan 1, 2023 2 PM to 4 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, moderate to rigorous, scenic hike (11am and 2pm). Bring a camera to record the scenery. Hikes geared toward active adults and children over 8 years old. Limited to 20. Preregistration required by 5 PM the day before. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Valentine's Archery Class and Campfire
3 PM - 4:30 PM from Feb 11, 2023 until Feb 12, 2023 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take aim and learn to shoot arrows like Cupid. After the archery, we'll enjoy s'mores at a campfire. Couples, singles and families welcome. Equipment provided, no experience necessary. Archery class aimed at participants ages 10 and above. Call the park office to register in advance. Limited to 10 participants. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Valentine's Archery Class and Campfire
3 PM - 4:30 PM from Feb 12, 2023 
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Take aim and learn to shoot arrows like Cupid. After the archery, we'll enjoy s'mores at a campfire. Couples, singles and families welcome. Equipment provided, no experience necessary. Archery class aimed at participants ages 10 and above. Call the park office to register in advance. Limited to 10 participants. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Equestrian Workday
Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 9 AM to 1 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Come out and help give back to the park by volunteering to help maintain and improve the equestrian facilities. Please bring gloves and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Sign up in advance by calling the park office. Snacks, drinks, and other materials will be provided to those who register. Social distancing required. 706-557-3001.