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  • Writer's pictureBrian Childress

Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, Georgia

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Hard Labor Creek State Park is a 5,804 acre Georgia state park located between Bostwick and Rutledge. The park is named after Hard Labor Creek, a small stream that cuts through the park. The creek's name comes either from slaves who once tilled the summer fields, or from Native Americans who found the area around the stream difficult to ford. The park plays host to an 18-hole public golf course, which offers a pro shop, driving range, rental cars, and senior citizen discounts. Rocky Creek provides many of the water hazards on the course including the 14th hole with its signature water wheel.

Camp Daniel Morgan was the filming location of four movies, Summer of My German Soldier(1978), Little Darlings (1980), Poison Ivy(1985), and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives(1986). Kristy McNichol starred in the first two. Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame, who played "Sunshine" in Little Darlings returned to the nearby town of Rutledge, Georgia in 2005 to film a part in the Emmy winning movie Warm Springs; a part in which she too was nominated for an Emmy award.

We found this park small and not well-maintained. The trails were overgrown and not well marked. The RV spots were difficult to get into and many do not have sewer hookup. Simply stated; this is not park to go out of your way to visit.

Things to do and see:


Boating and kayaking

Swimming at park beach

RV and tent campsites


Golfing at the Creek Golf Course

Horse riding at park stables and equestrian trails

Contact Information:

5 Hard Labor Creek Road

Rutledge, Georgia 30663

Putt Putt Golf Course

Beach on park lake

Golf Course Clubhouse

Park stables

Horse coral

Park community center

Park cabins for rent

RV camping sites

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Jun 12, 2021

Georgia parks overall are usually poorly maintained and rarely improved. It’s a shame. Other states put more effort into their parks than Georgia does.

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