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Rutledge, Ga - Small but Special.

Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge is privileged to be home to this great state park which offers camping, golf, hiking, a beach and equestrian activities.  Hard Labor is one of the largest parks in the Georgia system yet it embraces the small but special feeling of Rutledge, its host city.  No need to go to a neighboring state for a beach when you can romp on the sandy beach of Lake Rutledge.  Enjoy a bit of history while exploring the Civilian Conservation Corps buildings built during the Roosevelt era.

Sunflower Farm Festival - Each 4th of July, or a date around there, the West and Holt families throw a party for about 10,000 of their closest friends in celebration of the fun and beauty of sunflowers.  Proceeds go to charitable causes such as Camp Twin Lakes, also in Rutledge.  Come and pick a bouquet of flowers, enjoy great food, discover talented crafter's and be entertained at the stage by musicians and singers.  The Farm is open for photographers, flower lovers and the curious public for two weeks before and after each festival.  Be sure to think of the Sunflower Farm when planning a summer wedding.  In 2012 the Festival weekend is June 30th & July 1st.

Observatory at Hard Labor Creek - Open one weekend every month from March through October, and hidden off Fairplay Street in Hard Labor Creek State Park, is the Georgia State University Observatory where there are several massive telescopes that you can peer through to see the stars and moon as you've never seen them before. Professors and students give tours and talks even on cloudy evenings.  Check our calendar for their schedule.

The Creek at Hard Labor - Discover championship golf at affordable prices and see why Georgia State Park Golf Courses are known as “the sweetest deal in golf.” With designs that leverage the spectacular and diverse terrains across the state, Georgia State Park Golf Courses compare favorably to some of the state’s best private courses. “Like playing a resort course . . . without all the houses” seems to sum it up for most. Stan Awtrey, 20- year golf editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution is fond of saying that our courses offer “no development, no distractions and no excuses.”  The Creek at Hard Labor is known for its challenging layout in a pristine, natural setting. Featuring Champion Bermuda greens and narrow tree-lined fairways. The Creek was named "4th sweetest deal in USA" by Golf Digest Frugal Golfer in 2010. The first hole at The Creek was voted "the hardest starting hole in Georgia."

Madison, Georgia - America's #1 Small City.  This is the city that Sherman's troops did not burn during their March to the Sea in 1864.  Tour the historic neighborhoods and gardens and then spend hours shopping in the beautifully preserved downtown area.  There are dozens of great shops and too many antique dealers to count.  No one has ever left Madison hungry as there are several excellent restaurants.

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center - The Georgia Dept of Natural Resources maintains this facility for the enjoyment of the entire family.  As expected, there are facilities for hunting and fishing but you'll also find hiking trails, a wildlife museum, shooting and archery ranges and picnic facilities.

Covington, Georgia - You might think some of the sights around the classic southern downtown square are familiar and before long you'll recognize the courthouse from the TV show The Dukes of Hazard or some of the grand homes from Carroll O'Conner's In the Heat of the Night.  Enjoy a visit to historic Covington where you'll find several well known shops and restaurants as well as antique malls.

Social Circle, Georgia - Yes, there really is a city named Social Circle and you can get there by simply following the train tracks that run from Madison and through Rutledge.  The historic district is comprised of rows of turn of the century brick establishments and the centerpiece of the city is The Blue Willow Inn, a restaurant with a truly international reputation.

Georgia's Antebellum Trail - A 100 mile trek through seven communities that escaped the ravaging damage of Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864.  Begin or end in Athens or Macon, exploring Gray, Milledgeville, Eatonton, Madison, and Watkinsville in between.  Each city offers a view into the life of that area before the civil war and offers wonderful photo opportunities, educational experiences and shopping.

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