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LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot
LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot

RUTLEDGE, Ga. – Who knew a state park, had so many attractions in such a small town? Who knew you could have big fun for little funds about 40 miles outside of the "big city"? The folks at Hard Labor State Park have figured out a way. Tucked away in quaint Rutledge, the park is best known for its golf course; however, it has many exciting attractions including a beach, boat rental, canoeing, pedal boating, campgrounds, a full stocked stable and 22 miles of equestrian trails.

The 18-hole-golf course is described as “beautiful and challenging” the green fee Monday-Thursday is $36, Friday it’s $46 and on weekends and holidays the fee is $45. The fee includes a golf cart. Call ahead for tee times.

Aside from golf, for families the parks biggest attraction is their lakeside beach. The “swimming beach” opens, next weekend, on May 14. The beach is free to park visitors who have already paid their $5 parking charge. Beach goers can bring picnic baskets and food to the shore, however, alcohol is prohibited.

Also, next to the beach, the park rents out flat-bottom boats, canoes and pedal boats for $10 and under. Boats and canoes cost $10 per hour and pedal boats are $3 per hour per person. Avid fishers can try their hand at catch an assortment of species, like Largemouth Bass, Brim, Catfish and Crappie. The park doesn’t rent out fishing poles but they are working on adding that element to their lengthy list of offerings.

The park also offers a campground and fully furnished cottages that range from $90-$150, per night.

Upcoming programs include: Creative Camp Cooking on May 13 which teaches campers how to bake biscuits in a cardboard box, fry hamburgers on a rock, bake fish in a newspaper and more.

The park is located at 5 Hard Labor Creek Road in Rutledge.