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Fort Yargo State Park to Open New Visitor Center


Public Ceremony was at 11 a.m., May 14, 2019.

Fort Yargo Visitors Center

After much anticipation, Fort Yargo State Park today hosted a ribbon cutting for its new visitor center. Georgia House Appropriations Chairman Terry England and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams spoke during the ceremony.

The 5,859-square-foot center is now the first stop for visitors to the popular Georgia State Park, providing a view of the lake and namesake fort. It includes a reception area for check-in, meeting space, snacks and beverages. A relaxing patio offers a fire pit and lake view, and the gift shop is filled with souvenirs, nature-themed toys and books, camping supplies, decorative items, jewelry, local foods and more. Additionally, the park’s main entrance has been moved a half-mile south on Hwy. 81 to improve safety and access.

Fort Yargo is Georgia’s seventh most-visited state park, offering hiking, biking, fishing, lake swimming, camping, cabin rental, disc golf and numerous other outdoor activities. It generates $41 million in economic impact for the community and is Winder’s top tourist attraction. More information can be found on