Tugaloo State Park

Tugaloo State Park
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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 ($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 Historic Site
• Ty Cobb Museum
Victoria Bryant State Park

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Junior Ranger Camp, ages 5-7
10 AM - 2 PM from Jul 28, 2016 until Jul 31, 2016 
Due to a lack of registrants, this event has been canceled. For more information or questions please call the park office at 706-356-4362. Stay tuned for more events!  $30 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
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Summer Concert Series - Yonah Pickers Dulcimer Group
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Come to the Amphitheater for the 3rd installment of our Summer Concert Series with the Yonah Pickers. Step back to a time where the romantic, sound of Dulcimers rang throughout the Foothills of the Appalachians and to a time where folk traditions of dance and song where just dawning. Traditional American and Gospel music and lively dance. $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.
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