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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.
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Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 393 Acres
• 20 Cottages ($150–$165) — #17, #18 & #19 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 105 Campsites ($25–$35) — some sites seasonal
• 6 Yurts ($75)
• 11 Walk-In Campsites ($25)
• 7 Picnic Shelters ($35)
• Group Shelter (seats 80, $75–$125)
• Pavilion (seats 80, $60)
• 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 State Historic Site
• Ty Cobb Museum
Victoria Bryant State Park

Tugaloo State Park Business Plan

Top 100 Fishing Location


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Events
Tugaloo's Moonshine "Hidden Gem"
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Learn about the life of early settlers who once lived at what is now Tugaloo State Park. We will hike near unique remnants of old moonshine stills and see evidence of an old home place located on the park. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Hidden Gem
A Memorable Memorial Day
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 9 PM
Join us for a holiday you and your family won't soon forget. Begin with our special "Hidden Gems" event followed by our 3rd Annual Doggie Pageant. Later we'll have Wiffleball on the Baseball field, all culminating with a campfire at the amphitheater, with s'mores, story telling, and campfire songs. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Doggie Pageant
Saturday, May 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Join us for a “Doggie Pageant” to benefit the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter. The director of NEGAS will be with us to help judge the show. All contestants will be entered into a raffle drawing to win doggie treat basket. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Folk Roots, Shoreline Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 11:15 AM
Join the Rangers at the Sassafrass Trail head to delve into the folk roots of the Piedmont Region. We will walk to an old homestead, all the while sharing the stories of those that came before us along the way. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Fire on the Lake, Sunset Paddle
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Join the Naturalist by the cove at the park office for a sunset paddle on Lake Hartwell. Witness the sapphire blue waters be set ablaze by the reflection of the sinking sun upon the gentle wake. Be sure to bring towels, water, and snacks, and don't forget the camera.  $10 per boat $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Meet the Rangers at the Park office to assist them in promoting; sustainability, cleanliness, and Environmental protection, by helping them to clean up trash and debris from Tugaloo's shoreline. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Kayaking 101
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Meet the Naturalist at the Park office; for a crash course in Kayaking. We'll be going over basic strokes, maneuvers, as well as Paddling Safety. Afterwards we'll hop into the water and test our new found knowledge. Be sure to bring water, snacks, dry clothes, and a towel.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Angling 101 - Get outdoors month
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Come join us at Tugaloo State Park for a fun-filled day by the lake; where for only a few select days you can fish for free! No license required. To celebrate this, meet the Rangers at the cove by the office for a crash course in Fish ID, Angling Techniques, and Safety by the lake shore. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Jr. Ranger Camp (ages 8-12)
10 AM - 3 PM from Jul 21, 2016 until Jul 24, 2016 
Bring the kids down to Tugaloo State Park for a fun-filled weekend of outdoor education and adventure. Jr. Ranger Camp is a 4 day long day camp 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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Junior Ranger Camp, ages 5-7
10 AM - 2 PM from Jul 28, 2016 until Jul 31, 2016 
Children ages 5 to 7 are invited to join in on the fun! Earn a Jr. Ranger badge through hands-on activities. An adventure filled weekend awaits as Jr. Rangers will be learning all about natural resources and their conservation, through hands on activities; all the while earning their Jr. Ranger badges.  $30 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Night Time Astronomy with the Atlanta Astronomy Club
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Mushroom Walk
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Come join the Naturalist and the Mushroom Club of Georgia to experience the hidden realm of the unsung heroes of the Natural World, Fungi! Meet at the Nature Hut for an interactive presentation, followed by an interpretive hike where you can put your new found knowledge to the test. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Harvest Happenings
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7 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. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Address/Directions
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


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Tugaloo State Park


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