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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  • Disc Golf

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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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

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

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Site Information

    Yurts

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • 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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  • Intro to Paddleboarding

    Intro to Paddleboarding

    09/10/2016 - 09/10/2016

    Think you've got great balance? Try our introduction course to paddle-boarding on the lake. Meet at the boat rental area near the beach. Wear clothes you can get wet! Must be 16 and up to participate. Space is limited. Registration is required.

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  • Evening Paddle

    Evening Paddle

    09/17/2016 - 09/17/2016

    Join the park naturalist for a calm, serene kayak paddle around the lake after hours. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance. Meet at the boat house near the beach.

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  • Birdberry Trail Cleanup - Your State Parks Day

    Birdberry Trail Cleanup - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Volunteers are needed to help cleanup our handicap accessible Birdberry Trail. Stay for an hour, or make it an all-day event. Please wear clothing that can get dirty. Make sure to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Volunteers will receive free admission to the park.

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