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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. Overnight guests can choose from fully equipped cottages or cozy campsites. For a more unique experience, visitors can reserve lakeside “glamping” yurts, which are permanent canvas and wooden "tents." Each yurt has furniture and electricity inside and a fire ring, picnic table and grill outside.
A 260 acre lake offers a large swimming beach, fishing and boat ramps. Mountain bikers and hikers can test their endurance on 20.5 miles of trails. The park’s wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. Fort Yargo State Park is also 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.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
- 1,816 Acres
- 260 Acre Lake - water level to be lowered for construction projects
- 17 Cottages
- 6 Yurts
- 47 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites
- 12 Walk-In Campsites
- 2 Picnic Shelters (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- Group Shelters (seats 100. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 1 Event Room (seats 62. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 1 Beach Pavilion (seats 150. Closed for renovation.)
- 1 Pioneer Campground (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 2 Boat Ramps - closed for renovation
- Sand Beach - closed for renovation
- Gift Shop
- Biking - bike rentals available
- Disc Golf - closed for renovation
- Field Trips
- Weddings - park approval required
- Miniature Golf (fee) - closed for renovation
- Swimming - closed for renovation
- Athens, GA
- Braselton, GA
- Camp Twin Lakes/Will-A-Way
- Chateau Elan
- Fort Yargo Living History Society
- Hard Labor Creek State Park & Golf Course
- State Botanical Gardens
- The University of Georgia
- Victoria Bryant State Park & Golf Course
- Watson Mill Bridge State Park
- Redlands WMA
- Buford Trout Hatchery
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