Northeast Georgia Mountains / Winder

Fort Yargo State Park

210 S. Broad Street
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

    Gift Shop, Lodging On Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Site Information


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Evening Paddle

    Evening Paddle

    04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015

    The stealthy kayak is a great vessel to sneak up on all sorts of wildlife. This ranger-led paddle will take participants around Yargo Lake for viewing birds, mammals, dragonflies and other wildlife. Open to ages 4 and older. Register in advance. Please arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. Meet at the Beach Boat Dock area.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    04/24/2015 - 04/24/2015

    Fort Yargo has some great habitat, including marshland, mixed hardwood Forest, and an expansive open lake. We will look for a variety of birds like woodpeckers, warblers and wading birds. Learn about the Atlanta Audubon Society, and how you can get involved in birdwatching, as well as land conservation.

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  • Frogging by Ear (and other night sounds) by Kayak

    Frogging by Ear (and other night sounds) by Kayak

    05/09/2015 - 05/09/2015

    Join Linda May, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for Georgia's Non-Game Conservation Division and Frog expert, on this "frogging" by kayak tour. Learn what species of frogs live in Georgia, and how to identify frogs by ear, as we kayak around Lake Marbury. Space is limited, per-registration required. x

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  • National Kids to Parks Day Nature Hike

    National Kids to Parks Day Nature Hike

    05/16/2015 - 05/16/2015

    Join a park ranger on this guided tour of the Birdberry Nature Trail for "National Kids to Parks Day." This national movement engages children and families with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor recreation. Bring your family and enjoy a pleasant nature walk, and meet the trees, birds and other wildlife that call Fort Yargo home.

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  • Junior Ranger Camp

    Junior Ranger Camp

    06/03/2015 - 06/19/2015

    This three-day camp will include tons of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities including hiking, archery, fishing, nature art, and more. There will also be a living history component to the camp, with actors at the fort dressed in period clothing demonstrating life in the 1790s, and hands-on activities. Space is limited, please pre-register.

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  • Labor Day Twilight Paddle

    Labor Day Twilight Paddle

    09/04/2015 - 09/04/2015

    Enjoy this relaxing paddle around scenic Lake Marbury. Learn about the history of the old fort, and enjoy the view under the setting sun. Space is limited, and advance registration required.

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