Fort Yargo State Park

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

LAKE CLOSURE NOTICE: The lake at Fort Yargo is currently CLOSED. Thank you for your patience with us as we strive to maintain the natural beauty of the lake by cleaning around the lake’s edge and making needed repairs and upgrades in and around the lake. If all goes as scheduled, the lake will begin to fill around the end of March or early April. Again, thank you for your patience during this time as the upgrades will be well worth the wait! 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

Fort Yargo State Park Master Plan

Fort Yargo School Brochure

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18th Century Market Faire
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Interact with historians demonstrating life from 1790s frontier Georgia at the park's historic fort. See craftsmen and women demonstrating their trades and Native American warriors. Activities for all ages. Presented by the Fort Yargo Living History Society.  $5; children under 12 free. $5 parking. 770-867-4632.
Spring Wildflower Hike
Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join this ranger-led hike showcasing our beautiful waterfront trails as we learn about Fort Yargo’s spring flowers. This family friendly hike will allow guest to loop on lake’s dam along the nature trails all the while enjoying the best spring has to offer. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Parents Night Out
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM
Children (6+) enjoy fun activities under the stars while adults get some well-deserved kid-free time. Box dinner provided to each child. Additional concessions also available for purchase. Register in advance. Meet at beach pavilion.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Yargo Trail Crew - Trail Work Day
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 8:30 AM
Join the Yargo Trail Crew (YTC) for 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 Trail Head parking lot at 8:00 AM. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Cane Pole Fishing with a Ranger
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Let's go back to a simpler time when cane pole fishing was a great way to spend a lazy Saturday morning. Bring your own pole or use one of ours. We will supply the worms. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Anyone sixteen years and older must have their fishing license.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Soak It In
Evening Hike
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Join us for a hike by moonlight. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight on this family-friendly night trail. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Bunny Tails & Trails
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Hike a trail full of Easter egg treats to find Fort Yargo's favorite furry friends at the end. Each attendee will enjoy crafting a homemade Easter basket with the park rangers w/ all materials provided prior to the hike/hunt. This event features a live bunny presentation by our guests The Double W Homestead.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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