Hard Labor Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide

Georgia

Named after a small stream that cuts through the area, Hard Labor Creek State Park spans 5,804 acres across Morgan and Walton counties in Georgia. The park is located about an hour east of Atlanta, between Bostwick and Rutledge. While it's primarily known for having one of the best golf courses in Georgia, Hard Labor Creek State Park is also a perfect destination for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, boating, birding, and camping enthusiasts. The area experiences a temperate, humid subtropical climate with continuous hot summers and cold winters. The best time to visit the park is during spring or autumn when weather conditions are ideal for fishing in its two lakes and enjoying scenic sites.

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Weather
Spring 42-80 F
Summer 66-89 F
Fall 42-82 F
Winter 33-57 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hard Labor Creek State Park

From the convenience of amenities to the overall comfort, RVing offers many advantages to those traveling in Georgia. Before you go camping, it's highly recommended that you look for an RV that meets your specific needs. RVshare.com is the place to find a rental that will heighten your experience when camping at Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Camp Rutledge

Centered on the 275-acre Lake Rutledge, Camp Rutledge is one of the largest designated group camp areas at Hard Labor Creek State Park, and it's ideal for RV camping. From here, you can easily access Lake Rutledge, where you can take advantage of activities such as small boating, fishing, and swimming. The campsite is RV friendly and has a camp store where you can shop for snacks and other essentials, along with any other necessities you may need. You can also choose from a wide variety of sites, including those with and without electricity, pull-throughs, and others with full hookups. Pets are also allowed, provided you keep them on a short leash.

From the camp, you can visit the city of Rutledge for special events and shopping, art and food. Nightly rates at Camp Rutledge go for between $30 and $35 with full hookups. However, you must call ahead for specifications and bookings.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dumping station, picnic tables, BBQ grills.

Hard Labor Creek Campground

Hard Labor Creek Campground is home to 51 campsites, including the designated Rutledge Camp Group and the Daniel Morgan Group Camp. All of these sites are suitable for RVs under 45 feet in length. Apart from the amenities offered by the park, the tall trees also provide coverage and privacy for you and your family. All are equipped with electricity hookups of between 30 and 50 amps to ensure you keep your devices charged and remain entertained throughout your stay. On top of the electric hookups, each of these camping sites offers necessities like picnic tables and fire rings. The location is also pet friendly. Water and sewer hookups, pull-through and back-in sites, restrooms, and showers are also available in 11 out 51 campsites, which are designated as premium sites.

You can book these sites online for up to 13 months in advance, and they're known for being very popular. They're also open year-round.

  • Water hookup: Varies by site
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Varies by site
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dumping station, picnic tables, fire rings.

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What to Do at
Hard Labor Creek State Park

Inside Hard Labor Creek State Park

There's a huge range of recreational activities available at Hard Labor Creek, and the opportunity for overnight stay makes it a perfect place for your family, friends, or colleagues. Some activities are seasonal; for example, swimming is only allowed in summer. Throughout most of the year, you can take a nature hike along the 24-mile stretch of beautiful sites. Visitors can also go kayaking, fishing, boating, stargazing at Hard Labor Creek Observatory, or birdwatching. Popular events include the Fall Festival and Nighttime Spooky Wagon Rides.

Outside Hard Labor Creek State Park

After you've made the most of your time at the park, it might be time to venture to the nearby areas for some additional family time. The region is home to historical sites, restaurants, farms and resorts, and more. Grab the keys to the RV and indulge in some quality food and unique shopping offerings.

Restaurants

The Caboose

Located directly across the Rutledge town square gazebo, The Caboose is a one-of-a-kind restaurant with southern décor, outdoor covered seating, and delicious meals. They also have plenty of parking and friendly staff.

Type: American

Location: 102 W Main St, Rutledge, GA 30663

Yesterday's Café

Located at Fairplay Street in Rutledge, Yesterday's Café offers delicious foods with a southern touch and great service. After a night of camping, breakfast makes for a great choice. Whether it's something off the menu or a special, this restaurant has it all.

Type: American

Location: 122 Fairplay St, Rutledge, GA 30663

Rutledge Wings Southern Style

This spot is your one-stop restaurant for delicious chicken wings, as well as American-style entrees. They provide a menu filled with awesome flavors, and you can choose between outdoor and indoor seating. The laidback atmosphere is a plus.

Type: American

Location: 148 W Atlanta Hwy, Rutledge, GA 30663

Happy China Restaurant

Apart from providing plenty of food for your plate, Happy China Restaurant is a great place to stop by for well-prepared oriental cuisines.

Type: Chinese

Location: 1143 Eatonton Rd, Madison, GA 30650

Shopping

In High Cotton

If you're looking for the best gift shop after a night of camping at Hard Labor Creek, stop at In High Cotton. This location features a great selection of souvenirs and memorabilia that you can carry with you.

Location: 158 W Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650

Laughing Moon

When in search of affordable gifts, home décor, and adorable outfits, stop by the Laughing Moon. They sell just about everything, including fragrant soaps and perfumes.

Location: 183 S Main St, Madison, GA 30650

Eastling's Downtown

If you fancy paintings, pottery, handmade apparel as well as other exclusive items, Eastling's Downtown has them all. You can also stock up on fresh, organic produce or try some tasty, healthy smoothies.

Location: 118 Fairplay St, Rutledge, GA 30663

Rutledge Hardware Company

If you love fixtures and plumbing materials dating back to the 1800s, a stop at the Rutledge Hardware Company will come in handy. They have ancient fixtures and accessories made of wood and finished in milk paint. 

Location: 116 Fairplay St, Rutledge, GA 30663

Sightseeing

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

For theater and art lovers, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is a great place to check out. It's a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit institution that presents quality programming and educational information in the fields of visual and performing arts, history, and other humanities.

Location: 434 S Main St, Madison, GA 30650

Rutledge Municipal Park

Rutledge Municipal Park hosts many events throughout the year. If you're visiting between June and September, you'll get a chance to join the locals as they head out to meet their neighbors for the Summer Concert Series. The shows take place on Friday nights, and past events have featured such notable names as Otis Redding III, Justin Kennedy, and Apostles of Bluegrass.

Location: 113 Fairplay St, Rutledge, GA

Southern Cross Guest Ranch

If you find the time, a visit to Southern Cross Guest Ranch is well worth the effort. Here, you can partake in unguided horse-riding opportunities if you have some experience under your belt or take advantage of their world-class lessons.

Location: 1670 Bethany Church Rd, Madison, GA 30650

Hard Labor Creek Observatory

Before leaving Hard Labor Creek, visit the Hard Labor Creek Observatory and watch as the hosts share their knowledge and expertise in astronomy. The lack of light pollution in the area allows for some truly wondrous stargazing opportunities.

Location: 2010 Fairplay Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663

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How to Get to
Hard Labor Creek State Park

Hard Labor Creek State Park lies approximately six miles from Interstate 20. From Atlanta, take I-20 East to exit 105 and follow the signs to the park.

Entering Hard Labor Creek State Park

A ParkPass is required to enter Hard Labor Creek, and the reservation charges do not include the price for a ParkPass. If you're staying overnight, you only have to pay for one ParkPass fee for the duration of your stay. While the ParkPass is valid at all state parks visited on the same day, it's not valid at historic sites.

ParkPass per vehicle : $5

Per day

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