Fort Yargo State Park

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


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› 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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Memorial Day Weekend Concert
Friday, May 26, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Join us for as we kickoff Memorial Day weekend with a Friday night concert under the stars. Guest will enjoy live music. Concession stand will be open during the event. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Located at Beach Pavilion.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Intro to SUP
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Ever wanted to learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)? Join us on for an evening of paddle boarding on Fort Yargo lake. This event will teach you the basics of paddle boarding while enjoying a cool evening ride. Meet at Boat House.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Soak It In
Junior Ranger Camps
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
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This camp will feature a multitude of activities from hiking to archery. Over the three-day camp (choose from two series) children will experience what it’s like to be a State Park Junior Ranger. Each child must bring a packed lunch each day of the camp. Registration required. Children ages 6 – 12.  $60 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Fort Yargo Minigolf Open
Friday, Jun 16, 2017 5:30 PM to 9 PM
Tournament will feature four man teams and two preliminary rounds. The winning four man team and the singles winner will each receive an award. Each team must meet the four man requirement for registration. This event is open to all ages. Concessions will be available for purchase.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Father's Day Fishing Rodeo
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Bring out dad, grandpa, uncle etc. as we celebrate Father’s Day with a fishing rodeo! Rent a boat or bring your own (or fish from the bank). Our rodeo will feature a raffle with awesome prizes! Meet at Area B fishing dock. Fishing license required for ages 16+.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Fort Yargo Live
Friday, Jun 30, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
This event will showcase our local talent around the community. Singers, dancers, musicians and more gather together to entertain our park guests. Concession stand will be open during the event. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Located at Beach Pavilion.  $2 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