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


  • Tales from the Past Trailwalk

    Tales from the Past Trailwalk

    10/16/2015 - 10/17/2015

    Come out for some fun at the old fort in Fort Yargo State Park.

    Start with a hayride from the parking area at the Beach Pavillion. Listen to "Tales from the Past" along the trailwalk that takes you to the old fort (you can stay on the hayride and go straight to the fort if you want). The last story is told inside the "old fort," and then enjoy roasting marshmallows and have a cup of chocolate or cider. Climb aboard the hayride to take a tour of the park and then back to the Beach Pavil... read more

  • Spooky Hayride

    Spooky Hayride

    10/23/2015 - 10/23/2015

    Join our park naturalist for a spooky hayride through Fort Yargo. Learn about the history here while enjoying family time. Sign up in the office before hand or meet at the nature center the night of the event.

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  • Pumpkin Carving Contest

    Pumpkin Carving Contest

    10/31/2015 - 10/31/2015

    Come out for some Halloween fun while showing your artistic ability. The winning family will receive a free round of mini golf. Pumpkins will be provided to the first 10 groups to sign up. Bring your own carving tools. Pre-registration recommended.

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  • 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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  • 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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