Tugaloo State Park

 

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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.

Directions

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.


Address
1763 Tugaloo State Park Road
Lavonia, GA 30553
Franklin County
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Tugaloo State Park
1763 Tugaloo State Park Road
Lavonia, GA 30553 View Details


  34.4991
Tugaloo State Park

 


Phone
706-356-4362

Volunteer shoreline cleanup
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
Join the Naturalist at the beach pavilion to assist in sprucing up the day use area by picking up litter and trash along the shoreline of the Day Use area. At the same time, we'll be learning about lakeside ecology. By helping you'll receive a free waterproof bag, while supplies last. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hidden Gems - Homesteaders and Moonshiners
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
Meet the Naturalist at the Park office to embark upon a hike through the hills and hollers of Tugaloo State Park to uncover the hidden history surrounding the ruins of homes and stills dotted throughout the Park... $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Hidden Gem
Feedin' the Snakes
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
Whats' on the menu? Mice a la mode (For the snakes, not you, don't worry). Come and learn more about the hunting and feeding habits of these fascinating and often misunderstood animals. Featuring Barnaby the Grey Rat Snake, as well as Jules and Harvey the Cornsnakes. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Handicapped Accessible
Mushroom Walk
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Your State Parks Day - Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 2 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
Meet the Ranger at the Park office to help celebrate your Georgia State Parks by helping us keep them beautiful. We will be walking around the cove behind the Park office picking up litter and trash. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Canoe Races -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
Get your paddles ready folks, for a Your State Parks Day tradition; The Canoe Races in the Cove. Register by 3pm for your race. The races will be divided into age groups. Winners of each bracket will receive a prize. We will meet at the Park Office. (Max of ten participants, per age group) 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sundown on the Trail -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
Finish off the night by celebrating the Beauty of your Georgia State Parks by watching beautiful streaks of gold, orange, and purple dance upon the gentle waves of Lake Hartwell. Be sure to bring your camera on this 1/2 mile hike along the Crow Tree Trail... 706-356-4362.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Harvest Happenings
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Tugaloo State Park
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.
Contacts
Steve Barfoot
706-356-4362  Park Manager, Tugaloo State Park