Northeast Georgia Mountains / Winder

Fort Yargo State Park

210 S. Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680

770-867-3489 | 800-864-7275
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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 18 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 like canvas and wooden tents. Each yurt has furniture and electricity inside and a fire ring, picnic table and grill outside.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Equipment Rentals Available, Gift Shop, Lodging On Site, Picnic Shelter

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Site Information


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Turkey Waddle Hike

    Turkey Waddle Hike

    11/27/2015 - 11/27/2015

    Come out and hike off that extra slice of pie while enjoying the cool fall breeze. Learn about the flora and fauna at Fort Yargo on this 1 mile hike. Bring water and comfortable shoes. Meet at the Birdberry Trail.

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  • New Year's Day Hike

    New Year's Day Hike

    01/01/2016 - 01/01/2016

    Get started on your New Year's Resolutions to get outdoors and get fit. Enjoy the morning hiking on this 1 mile trail. Learn about the history of Fort Yargo and the flora and fauna here. Sign up in the office and meet at the Nature Center.

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  • Gathering at the Fort

    Gathering at the Fort

    01/16/2016 - 12/17/2016

    Visit with 18th century re-enactors, demonstrating how life was on the frontier in the 1790s.
    Learn how things were done "back in the day." Hands-on demonstrations will be available throughout the day.

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  • Dirty Spokes Off Road Duathlon

    Dirty Spokes Off Road Duathlon

    03/26/2016 - 03/26/2016

    Come out and enjoy some healthy competition. Dirty Spokes Production is sponsoring a duathlon (run/bike) on the bike trails. For more information, visit Dirty Spokes website.

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  • 7th Annual 18th Century Market Faire

    7th Annual 18th Century Market Faire

    03/31/2016 - 04/03/2016

    Interact with living historians demonstrating life in 1790s Georgia. See craftsmen and women demonstrate their trade, frontier camps, native warriors, children's activities and music in the 18th century. Children under 12 free. Thursday and Friday will be open free for school groups. Located at the fort.

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  • Dirty Spokes Bike Race

    Dirty Spokes Bike Race

    05/14/2016 - 05/14/2016

    Come out and enjoy Fort Yargo's bike trails during this Dirty Spokes sponsored bike race. For more information, visit their website at

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