Fort Yargo State Park

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Fort Yargo State Park

Georgia

(770) 867-3489

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Overview

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 18 miles of trails. A 260-acre lake offers a large swimming beach, fishing and boat ramps. The park's heavily wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. For a unique camping experience, visitors can reserve lakeside yurts, which are like canvas and wooden tents. Each yurt has furniture inside and a fire ring outside.

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. Group shelters include kitchens, grills, tables and chairs. Group Shelter B is enclosed, holding 100 guests, while Group Shelter A is open-air and accommodates 80 guests. Both the Nature Center Pavilion and Beach Pavilion have lake views. Scenic picnic shelters are good options for smaller groups and budgets. Wedding parties of 20 or less may prefer the gazebo along the Bird Berry Trail.

Map of Fort Yargo (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.984859, -83.733610

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Activities

  • Boating

    Fort Yargo's 260-acre lake will be lowered six feet below full pool November 2010 through January 2011 for bridge construction. The park offers seasonal canoe, fishing boat and pedal boat rental and access to the lake via two boat ramps.

  • Bicycling

    Fort Yargo has 18 miles of mountain biking trails

  • Camping

    In addition to a group camp, three cottages and five yurts the park also has 40 combined tent and RV campsites. Each site has water, 20 and 30 amp electrical service, picnic table, grill, and fire ring.

  • Fishing

    Fort Yargo's lake will be lowered 6 feet below full pool November 2010 through January 2011 for bridge construction.

  • Golfing

    The park offers both miniature golf and a full 18 hold disc golf course.

  • Hiking

    There are 18 miles of trails that span the parks 1,816 acres for visitors to explore.

  • Historic Sites

    Built around 1792 Ft Yargo has been a part of Winder history for over 200 years and still is a working part of the town. In its day it has been a place of legends, of protection, a home , and even a rental until around 1945 or so. Today it is a place to learn of the people who lived here after the Creek and Cherokees were removed. The Fort Yargo Living History Society provides regular lectures and tours about the park.

  • Picnicking

    In addition to picnic tables throughout the park there are five picnic shelters visitors can reserve.

  • RVing

    The park has 40 combined tent and RV campsites that can accommodate a up to a 50 foot motor home. Each site has water, 20 and 30 amp electrical service, picnic table, grill, and fire ring.

  • Tennis

    There are 2 tennis courts.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors are welcome to enjoy the seasonal swimming beach.

Seasonality/Weather

The day use are of the park is open 7 a.m.to 10 p.m. Fort Yargo State Park will be closed November 30 through December 1 for a deer management hunt.

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Directions

Driving

Located 1 mile south of Winder on Ga. Hwy. 81.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 867-3489

Campground reservations

(800) 864-7275

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