Fort Yargo State Park


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"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.


GPS Coordinates:

N 33.969621 | W -83.729612
Located 1 mile south of Winder on Highway 81.

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

Fort Yargo State Park



Fort Yargo's Pokemon Hunt
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
Join the naturalist for a Pokemon Go hunt on the Birdberry Trail. There are several poke-stops nearby. Bring your own phones and make sure to wear closed toe shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
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Intro to Paddleboarding
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
Think you've got great balance? Try our introduction course to paddle-boarding on the lake. Meet at the boat rental area near the beach. Wear clothes you can get wet! Must be 16 and up to participate. Space is limited. Registration is required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
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August Music Night
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
Kick off the month of August with classic Rock n' Roll and Outlaw country music. The band Reckless Abandon will be playing at the beach pavilion. Please bring chairs for this event, as seating is limited. Cold drinks and ice cream will be sold at the pavilion. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Evening Paddle
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
Join the Park Naturalist for a calm, serene kayak paddle around the lake after hours. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. Meet at the boat house near the beach.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-867-3489.
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Eric T Bentley
770-867-3489  Parks Region Manager, Region 3 State Parks Office