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

    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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  • Twilight Paddle

    Twilight Paddle

    03/19/2016 - 04/01/2016

    Come out to Fort Yargo to enjoy peaceful night out on Lake Marbury under the bright moon. Learn about the history of the Fort while paddling with family. Space is limited; Pre-registration is required.

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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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  • Turtle Creek Bike Trail Ride

    Turtle Creek Bike Trail Ride

    04/23/2016 - 04/23/2016

    Bring the whole family to ride this one mile beginner bike trail. The ride will be guided by a ranger stopping to look at cool things along the trail. Enjoy refreshments and games for those who do not want to ride. Meet at the Turtle Creek Trail across from the Nature Center. Pre-registation required.

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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 www.dirtyspokes.com.

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  • Junior Ranger Camp

    Junior Ranger Camp

    06/01/2016 - 06/03/2016

    This 3-day camp will include tons of outdoor recreational, educational opportunities including hiking, kayaking, 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. Space is limited, please pre-register.

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