Fort Yargo State Park

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

DECEMBER 5–7 CLOSURE: Fort Yargo State Park will be CLOSED to the public during the Quota Hunt on December 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2016. ALL day-use and overnight facilities including biking and hiking trails will be closed for this project. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. December 8, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience and really appreciate your patience during this natural resource project.
LAKE NOTICE: The lake at Fort Yargo will begin to be drawn down December 1, 2016. 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 to the docks and boat ramps. The lake should be back to full capacity before the spring season.

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» Group Reservations Notice:
› Group reservations only can be done during the week and must be booked in advance. Please call the boat house or park office for additional information.
"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. Mountain bikers and hikers can test their endurance on 20.5 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 permanent canvas and wooden tents. Each yurt has furniture and electricity inside and a fire ring, picnic table and grill outside.

$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 ($165) — #3 is dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 13 Camper Cabins ($135) — #8 & #15 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 6 Yurts ($85)
• 40 Campsites ($28–$32)
• 12 Walk-in Campsites ($25)
• 260-Acre Lake with Beach — seasonal
• 5 Picnic Shelters ($60)
• 2 Group Shelters (seats 80 & 100, $75–$160)
• Nature Center Pavilion ($85)
• Beach Pavilion (seats 150, $150)
• Pioneer Campground ($75)
• 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
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Pedal Boat Rental — seasonal
• Picnicking
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• 2 Tennis Courts
• Playgrounds
• Basketball
• 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

Top 100 Fishing Boating Location

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Intro to Paddleboarding
Friday, Sep 30, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Think you've got balance? Try our intro course to paddle-boarding with our experienced Naturalist. You will get wet, so be sure to dress appropriately. We will meet at the boat house and learn the basic principals of paddling before we go on the water. Space is limited; registration is required. Ages 16 and up only.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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October Nights Music Fest
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Kick off the beginning of fall with the band 3 Bucks Shy appearing for their second performance of the season. They will be playing bluegrass favorites as well as original material. The concert will be held at the beach pavilion where refreshments will be sold. Be sure to bring your own seats; space is limited. All ages are welcome. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Snake Day
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Do you have a fear of snakes? Maybe we can change your mind. Join us for a fun activity on snakes in Georgia and how beneficial they are to environment around us. A special guest will teach you what to do when you encounter a snake in the wild. Live snakes will be present. All ages are welcome. Children under 10 must be supervised by an adult.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Pup and Cat Co. Race
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
The Barrow County Humane Society will be hosting a race at the park on October 9th at 10:00 a.m. The trails will be closed to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. They will be meeting at Picnic Shelter 2. In the event that the race is postponed, the rain check date will be October 16th during the same time period. Call the office for details. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Tales from the Past Trailwalk
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 5 PM to 9 PM
Join the Fort Yargo Living History Society for autumn night fun. Hayrides, stories from the past, games, and more are only a few of the many festivities this event has to offer. Hayrides bring you to the old fort where the walk begins. Enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting as we end the night with one last tale at the fort.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Fort Yargo State Park Closed December 5, 6, and 7
Monday, Dec 5, 2016
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
Fort Yargo State Park will be closed December 5, 6 and 7 due to the biannual Quota Hunt. Public access will not be permitted for these three days except for those participating in the hunt. For questions or concerns, please call the office. 770-867-3489.
Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. 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 S. Broad Street
Winder, GA 30680 View Details

Fort Yargo State Park