Hard Labor Creek - Camp Rutledge

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Indian Springs State Park

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Hard Labor Creek State Park

  • Take I-20 East from Atlanta or West from Augusta to Exit 105 towards Rutledge, Georgia.
  • Go straight for a few miles. You will pass farms, houses, and you will know you are approaching Rutledge when you see trees planted on both sides of the road.
  • Go straight through the red blinking light, passing a gas station on your left.
  • When you dead end at the train tracks, make a left. (You can follow the signs to the State Park)
  • Make a right at the next turn available, into downtown Rutledge.
  • At the Bucket of Stops (It's a bright red bucket filled with stop signs), STOP, and then go straight through.
  • You will continue into the park following this road.
  • Once you reach the park, follow the signs to the horse stables.
  • The road which leads to the horse stables veers off the main road towards the right.
  • The road becomes a gravel road and turns slightly to the left immediately after the Horse Stable parking lot.
  • You will pass through a gate. Stay on the gravel road until it dumps you into Camp Rutledge next to the main parking lot.
  • Park in the main lot and find the Tavern (biggest building near the main parking lot).


Indian Springs

From Atlanta:
  • Take I-75 South to Exit 205. (You can also take 285 to 675 to 75 to avoid downtown Atlanta).
  • Turn left on Georgia Highway 16 to Jackson, Georgia. You will stay on this road for some time. You will pass an Ingles and a Dollar General. You will also go through downtown Jackson, pass a Bruster's, Subway, CVS, etc.
  • Take Georgia Highway 42 South out of Jackson, which veers to the right.
  • Fork right at Flovilla towards Indian Springs, Georgia. You will pass some junk shops along your way, and the gated Indian Springs Campground (not your destination). Then you will see a creek, and a rock bridge on your right.
  • Turn right at the yellow flashing light in front of the Big Chief gas station.
  • Drive until you get to the end of the road, and pass through the campsite fence.
  • Park in the parking area, you will be next to the Tavern.


From Macon:
  • Take I-75 North to Exit 188. You will see a big brown sign for Indian Springs before this exit.
  • Make a left on 42, heading north. You will be on this road for some time.
  • Turn left at the yellow flashing light at the Big Chief Gas Station.
  • Drive until you get to the end of the road, and pass through the campsite fence.
  • Park in the parking area, you will be next to the Tavern.