Tugaloo State Park

Tugaloo State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-356-4362


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"The serene setting of Tugaloo State Park is your starting point to creating family memories with spectacular sunrise and sunset views from the shores of Lake Hartwell, exceptional recreational opportunities, rich cultural heritage and natural resources of the Appalachian Mountains Foothills."

Situated on a wooded peninsula, Tugaloo’s cottages and most campsites offer spectacular views of 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell in every direction. Some cottages even have private boat docks for overnight guests. Tent campers can choose between the developed campground or primitive sites located a short walk from the parking area. During summer, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, water skiing, sailing and boating. Both the Sassafras and Muscadine hiking trails wind through oak, walnut, mulberry and cherry trees.

Tugaloo State Park boasts a six-lane mega ramp used for large fishing tournaments and easy lake access. Fishing is excellent year-round, and large-mouth bass are plentiful. The name “Tugaloo” comes from an Indian name for the river which once flowed freely prior to the construction of Hartwell Dam.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 393 Acres
• 20 Cottages — #14, #17, #18 & #19 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 105 Campsites — some sites seasonal
• 6 Yurts
• 11 Walk-In Campsites
• 7 Picnic Shelters
• Group Shelter (seats 80)
• Pavilion (seats 80)
• 55,590-Acre Lake
• Swimming Beach
• 6-Lane Megaramp
• 2 Boat Ramps

Things To Do & See:

• Boating
• Fishing
• Swimming
• Hiking — 4 miles of trails
• Kayak & Canoe Rental — seasonal
• Geocaching
• Volleyball
• Tennis
• Horseshoes
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Alpine Village of Helen
Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course at Richard B. Russell State Park
• Blue Ridge Mountains
• Commerce Factory Outlets
• Great Lakes of Georgia
Hart Outdoor Recreation Area
• Hartwell Dam
Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant State Park
Richard B. Russell State Park
Tallulah Gorge State Park
• Toccoa Falls
Traveler's Rest Historic Site
• Ty Cobb Museum
Victoria Bryant State Park

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The Great Tugaloo Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Join us at the beach pavilion for our annual egg hunt. Once again the Easter Bunny dropped all of his eggs, and now he needs your help to find them. Event will be divided up into age brackets. 3-5 years, 7-9 years. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Open Nature Hut
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 2 PM to 5 PM
Saturdays 2 PM - 5 PM – Apr 15, 2017 until Apr 29, 2017 
Come by our Nature Hut at Tugaloo State Park to experience nature up close and personal. Featuring; birds, mammals, gemstones, Native American culture, appalachian folk history and live reptiles. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible
Snake Feedin'
Saturdays 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM – Apr 15, 2017 until Apr 29, 2017 
Come to the Nature Hut for dinner with our slithery friends. Join us to learn all about the hunting and feeding habits of our favorite reptiles. Featuring Jules and Harvey the corn snakes. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible
Sunset Paddle
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Meet the Naturalist at the Park office to see some of the best views of the sunset around. Join us as we watch the sun sink below the Blue Ridge Mountains reflecting purple and orange hues off of the gentle waves of Lake Hartwell. Preregistration is required. Be sure to bring, water, snacks, and a towel. Bring your own boat or rent from park office  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Soak It In
Canoe Tour around the Park
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
View Tugaloo's shoreline and 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell by water. Bring the whole family down for this water-bound adventure! Meet at the Visitor Center, grab a canoe for two and follow your guide around the lake. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a towel. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Soak It In
Summer Concert Series
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Come to the amphitheater for Old time Americana, Gospel, and Folk Music. Step back to a time when front porch picking and traditional music echoed throughout the Foothills of the Appalachians, inspiring romance, laughter, and fond memories of a simpler time.  Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Paddleboard Clinic
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Come to Tugaloo State Park and Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Georgia and receive instruction on how to handle a paddleboard. Meet at the Visitor Center where learning and fun begin on the waters of Lake Hartwell. Families welcome. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Jr. Ranger Camp (ages 8-12)
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Jr. Ranger Camp is a 4-day experience in which we will be learning all about our state parks, the natural resources they preserve, the importance of conservation, and how to safely enjoy the outdoors. Kids must wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch.  $30 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Astronomy Program
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 9 PM to 10 PM
Come view the stars over Lake Hartwell. Friends and family of all ages gather down by the beach and see the formations that come out each night. Be sure to bring blankets or chairs and even a picnic basket and have dinner under the stars. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Tugaloo Triathlon
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 7 AM to 3 PM
Participants will swim 1.5 kilometers, bicycle 42 kilometers and run 10 kilometers in this Olympic-style event that is exciting for spectators as well as participants. Space is limited, so athletes should sign up early. Co-sponsored by Tri-Atlanta Multisports Association and Friends of Tugaloo State Park. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Harvest Happenings
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Join us for a fun time at the amphitheater to celebrate the coming in of fall with hayrides and stories around the campfire. No ATVs allowed inside the park and golf carts for campers only. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Tugaloo State Park
1763 Tugaloo State Park Road
Lavonia, GA 30553
Franklin County

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.499100 | W -083.078100
Take I-85 exit #173 north on Georgia 17; follow park signs to Gerrard Road, turn right. Go 1.5 miles to Highway 328 and turn left. Proceed 3.3 miles to park; entrance on right.

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Tugaloo State Park
1763 Tugaloo State Park Road
Lavonia, GA 30553 View Details

Tugaloo State Park