Fort Yargo State Park

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

LAKE NOTICE: The lake at Fort Yargo has reopened with the exception of the boat ramps and new boat docks. The boat ramps and docks should be opened by early May. Thank you so much for your patience through the last several months as the Lake Enhancements Projects have been implemented. The enhancements are coming along nicely and are looking great! Thank you.

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» Group Boat Reservations:
› Group tours offered weekdays only and must be booked in advance. 
"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. Overnight guests can choose from fully equipped cottages, adventure cabins or cozy campsites. For a more unique experience, visitors can reserve lakeside “glamping” yurts, which are permanent canvas and wooden "tents." Each yurt has furniture and electricity inside and a fire ring, picnic table and grill outside.

A 260-acre lake offers a large swimming beach, fishing and boat ramps. Mountain bikers and hikers can test their endurance on 20.5 miles of trails. The park’s wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. Fort Yargo State Park is also 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. 

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,816 Acres
• 3 Cottages — #3 is dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 13 Adventure Cabins — #8, #15 & #16 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2), #4 & #16 are ADA accessible
• 6 Yurts
• 40 Campsites
• 12 Walk-in Campsites
• 260-Acre Lake with Beach — seasonal
• 5 Picnic Shelters
• 2 Group Shelters (seats 80 & 100)
• Nature Center Pavilion
• Beach Pavilion (seats 150)
• Pioneer Campground
• 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 on motors
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Pedal Boat Rental — seasonal
• Picnicking
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• 2 Tennis Courts
• Playgrounds
• Basketball Courts
• 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

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SERC Mountain Bike Race
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 8:30 AM
South Eastern Regional Championship series. Races start at 8:30. The trails will be closed for the duration of the races. Visit for details. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Yargo Trail Crew Meeting and Work Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 8 AM
Join the Yargo Trail Crew (YTC) for an organizational meeting and a day of improving the mountain bike trails. Bring water, work gloves, long pants and sturdy footwear. No open-toed shoes. Bring a change of clothes for after the project along with your mountain bike to enjoy the trails. Meet at the Nature Center at 8:00 AM. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Dirty Spokes 3hr/6hr Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, May 13, 2017 8 AM
Dirty Spokes Productions, LLC is excited to present a 6 and 3 hour mountain bike team relay race. This event was designed for mountain bikers to have fun, be competitive and provide an endless supply of great memories. No matter the level (beginner to expert) it is there for you.  $30-150 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Fort Yargo State Park
210 South 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 South Broad Street
Winder, GA 30680 View Details

Fort Yargo State Park