Fort Yargo State Park

Fort Yargo State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-867-3489

 

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» Group Reservations Notice:
› Group reservations only can be done during the week and must be booked in advance. Please call the boat house or park office for additional information.
"Nestled as a natural refuge in the city of Winder, Fort Yargo State Park offers you a nearby escape from metro-life with exciting adventures along multiple recreational trails including one of the only remaining forts for early settlers."

Located between Atlanta and Athens, this popular park features a 1792 log fort built by settlers for protection against Creek and Cherokee Indians. Today, visitors come to Fort Yargo for its wide variety of outdoor recreation and scenery. Mountain bikers and hikers can test their endurance on 20.5 miles of trails. A 260-acre lake offers a large swimming beach, fishing and boat ramps. The park’s wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. 
 
Fort Yargo State Park is a beautiful location for outdoor weddings, reunions and other celebrations. Visitors have a choice of numerous facilities for all budgets, ranging from group shelters to lake-view pavilions. Overnight guests can choose from fully equipped cottages or cozy campsites. For a more unique experience, visitors can reserve lakeside yurts, which are permanent canvas and wooden tents. Each yurt has furniture and electricity inside and a fire ring, picnic table and grill outside.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/FortYargo

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,816 Acres
• 3 Cottages ($165) — #3 is dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 13 Camper Cabins ($135) — #8 & #15 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 6 Yurts ($85)
• 40 Campsites ($28–$32)
• 12 Walk-in Campsites ($25)
• 260-Acre Lake with Beach — seasonal
• 5 Picnic Shelters ($60)
• 2 Group Shelters (seats 80 & 100, $75–$160)
• Nature Center Pavilion ($85)
• Beach Pavilion (seats 150, $150)
• Pioneer Campground ($75)
• 2 Boat Ramps
• Gift Shop

Things To Do & See:

• First Time Camper Program
• Geocaching
• Hiking — 20.5 miles of trails
• Biking — bike trail fee
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Disc Golf (fee) — annual passes available; no disc rental
• Swimming
• Fishing
• Boat Rental — seasonal; 10 HP limit
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Pedal Boat Rental — seasonal
• Picnicking
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• 2 Tennis Courts
• Playgrounds
• Basketball
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Athens, GA & University of Georgia
Camp Twin Lakes/Will-A-Way
• Chateau Elan
City of Winder
Fort Yargo Living History Society
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant
• Lake Lanier
• Road Atlanta Racetrack
• State Botanical Gardens
• Stone Mountain Park
The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor Creek
Victoria Bryant State Park
Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Fort Yargo State Park Master Plan

Fort Yargo School Brochure

Top 100 Fishing Boating Location

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Events
Night Hike
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Join the Park Naturalist on a night hike at Birdberry Trail. It is a half mile loop where we will make several stops to talk about nocturnal wildlife. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring a flashlight and water bottle. The trail is paved and handicap accessible.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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September Jam Fest
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Join us the first weekend in September for our third monthly music event! The Stem Winders will be performing popular Americana music using a wide variety of instruments. Parking fees will be collected at the entrance of the beach pavilion. Be sure to bring seats! Cold drinks and ice cream will be served at the pavilion. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Intro to Paddleboarding
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Think you've got great balance? Try our introduction course to paddle-boarding on the lake. Meet at the boat rental area near the beach. Wear clothes you can get wet! Must be 16 and up to participate. Space is limited. Registration is required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Evening Paddle
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Join the Park Naturalist for a calm, serene kayak paddle around the lake after hours. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. Meet at the boat house near the beach.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
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Birdberry Trail Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Volunteers are needed to help cleanup our handicap accessible Birdberry Trail. Stay for an hour, or make it an all-day event. Please wear clothing that can get dirty. Make sure to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Volunteers will receive free admission to the park. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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Address/Directions
Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. Broad Street
Winder, GA 30680
Barrow County


GPS Coordinates:

N 33.969621 | W -83.729612
Located 1 mile south of Winder on Highway 81.


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Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. Broad Street
Winder, GA 30680 View Details


  33.969621
Fort Yargo State Park