Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Fort Yargo State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-867-3489

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PUBLIC NOTICE: The biking trails will be closed to the general public from 7 AM to 2 PM during the Gone Riding Event on April 26 and 27, 2014.

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 wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. 
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, ranging from group shelters to lake-view pavilions. Overnight guests can choose from fully equipped cottages or cozy campsites.  For a more unique experience, visitors can reserve lakeside yurts, which are like canvas and wooden tents. Each yurt has furniture and electricity inside and a fire ring, picnic table and grill outside.

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Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

    • 1,816 Acres
    • 3 Cottages ($135) -- #3 is dog friendly ($45 per dog, max 2)
    6 Yurts ($70)
    • 52 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($28-$30)
    • 12 Walk-in Campsites ($24)
    • 260-Acre Lake with Beach (seasonal)
    • 5 Picnic Shelters ($60)
    • 2 Group Shelters (seat 80 and 100, $105–$160)
    • Nature Center Pavilion ($85)
    • Beach Pavilion (seats 150, $150)
    • Pioneer Campground ($75)
    • 2 Boat Ramps
    • Gift Shop

    • Boat concessions are available on weekends only beginning March 15th, from 10 a.m. to sunset.
    • Early boat reservation is available on the weekends from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. and can be done by calling the Boathouse 770-867-0001 or the Park Office 770-867-3489 in advance.
    • Group reservations only can be done during the week but must be booked in advanced as well. Please call or contact the Boat House or the Park Office for additional information.
    • All bike rentals will be at the Beach Boathouse and will be rented during the same days and times as the boat rentals.
    • After October 13th, boat rental reservations in advance will be possible by calling the Park Office for a 4 hour minimum rental.

    First Time Camper Program
    Hiking and Mountain Biking - 20.5 miles of trails, Muddy Spokes Club, bike rental
    • Disc Golf (fee) -- annual passes available, bring your own discs
    • Lake Swimming
    • Fishing – jon boat rental (seasonal)
    • Boating – private boats allowed, 10 HP limit
    • Canoe, Kayak and Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
    • Picnicking
    • Miniature Golf (fee)
    • 2 Tennis Courts
    • Playgrounds
    • Basketball
    Weddings (park approval required)


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Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for an Easter egg hunt at Fort Yargo at the Turtle Creek Trail. The trail begins at the tennis court area. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series
Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM - 2 PM from Apr 26, 2014 until Apr 27, 2014 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunFort Yargo is pleased to announce the return of the Gone Riding Mountain Biking Event: Georgia State Championship Series event. $5 parking. 352-873-9279.
Dirty Spokes 6hr/9hr Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8 AM to 6 PM
Tons of FunThese 6-hour and 9-hour races take competitors along our mountain bike trail and allow visitors to see the action first-hand. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Siege on Fort Yargo Trail Challenge and Adventure Race
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 8 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTeams of two or three will travel on a mandatory course with a three-hour limit. Teams will face multiple challenges and obstacles as they travel through the course.The race will include trail challenge, mountain biking and a six-hour cutoff for the Adventure Race. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Peace Place
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 7:30 AM to 12 PM
Tons of FunThe Peace Place 5k to End Domestic Violence is an annual fundraiser for Peace Place programs and services. The 5k is a trail run through Fort Yargo State Park. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Special Ops Series-Green Beret Challenge
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 8 AM to 3 PM
Tons of FunThe Special Op Events Series consists of races that accommodate individuals, groups or teams while promoting teamwork. As you forge through our courses one step at a time towards the finish line, we want you to walk away with a symbol of excellence; a badge of courage, a mark of distinction. $5 parking. 412-607-6931.
Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K and Fun Run
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCome as yourself or come as your Superhero Self! Join us for the Piedmont CASA Superhero 5K Run and 1K Fun Run at Fort Yargo Park in Winder. The course will be walk friendly. Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7am. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
City of Winder Fire Department 9/11 Memorial XC 5K
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 4 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThe run/walk will raise money for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The XC 5K start/finish will take place in beautiful Fort Yargo State Park. The course will be on the roadway as well as through the trails of Fort Yargo. $5 parking. 706-680-7223.
Pup and Cat 5k Walk/Run/Hike
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Tons of FunBarrow County Humane society will be conducting a 5k fundraising walk/run/hike for participants with their dogs. $5 parking. 678-420-4383.
Dirty Spokes Trail Running Race Series
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 7 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThe Dirty Spokes running race series includes four state parks: Red Top Mountain, Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Victoria Bryant. Dates and distances vary. Visit to register.  Fee plus $5 parking. 404-310-3628.
Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. Broad Street
Winder , GA30680

GPS Coordinates:
N 33.969621 | W -83.729612

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

Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. Broad Street
Winder, GA 30680 View Details

Fort Yargo State Park

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