Fort Yargo State Park

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.


GPS Coordinates:

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

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

Fort Yargo State Park



Intro to Paddleboarding
Friday, Sep 30, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
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...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Get Outdoors Georgia
October Nights Music Fest
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
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... $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Snake Day
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Pup and Cat Co. Race
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
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... $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
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
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...  $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
Presenter/Location: Fort Yargo State Park
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.
Eric T Bentley
770-867-3489  Parks Region Manager, Region 3 State Parks Office