"The serene setting of Tugaloo State Park is your starting point to creating family memories with spectacular sunrise and sunset views from the shores of Lake Hartwell, exceptional recreational opportunities, rich cultural heritage and natural resources of the Appalachian Mountains Foothills."
Situated on a wooded peninsula, Tugaloo’s cottages and most campsites offer spectacular views of 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell in every direction. Some cottages even have private boat docks for overnight guests. Tent campers can choose between the developed campground or primitive sites located a short walk from the parking area. During summer, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, water skiing, sailing and boating. Both the Sassafras and Muscadine hiking trails wind through oak, walnut, mulberry and cherry trees.
Tugaloo State Park boasts a six-lane mega ramp used for large fishing tournaments and easy lake access. Fishing is excellent year-round, and large-mouth bass are plentiful. The name “Tugaloo” comes from an Indian name for the river which once flowed freely prior to the construction of Hartwell Dam.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
7 a.m.–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Accommodations & Facilities:
• 393 Acres
• 20 Cottages ($150–$165) — #17, #18 & #19 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 105 Campsites ($25–$35) — some sites seasonal
• 6 Yurts ($75)
• 11 Walk-In Campsites ($25)
• 7 Picnic Shelters ($35)
• Group Shelter (seats 80, $75–$125)
• Pavilion (seats 80, $60)
• 55,590-Acre Lake
• Swimming Beach
• 6-Lane Megaramp
• 2 Boat Ramps
Things To Do & See:
• Hiking — 4 miles of trails
• Kayak & Canoe Rental — seasonal
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• Weddings — park approval required
• Alpine Village of Helen
• Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course at Richard B. Russell State Park
• Blue Ridge Mountains
• Commerce Factory Outlets
• Great Lakes of Georgia
• Hart Outdoor Recreation Area
• Hartwell Dam
• Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant State Park
• Richard B. Russell State Park
• Tallulah Gorge State Park
• Toccoa Falls
• Traveler's Rest Historic Site
• Ty Cobb Museum
• Victoria Bryant State Park