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Fort Yargo State Park, Winder

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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.
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  • We only visited the fishing area of the park. Plenty of room for bank fishing. Easy paths & terrain to get to the bank. Several picnics tables available & plenty of parking. Fish were biting. 
  • There is heavy traffic and trains running all night long and you will hear everyone of them. Good luck on getting any sleep if you are camping. There are amenities galore, every sort of fast food rest...  read more »
  • First time camping at this park, we camped in the #2 campground which has a lot of wooded sites, campground #1 has a lot of lake side sites. The park has putt putt golf($5.00), a nice lake, that offer...  read more »
  • A variety of options for outdoor activities for adults and children. Hiking and bicycle trails, picnic areas, paddle boats and kayaks for rentals and a beach that in good weather day is absolutely filled with families. In addition there is a historic fort with some artifacts from the past. All in all it is a great place to spend one day and blend some history with recreation!
  • The park is amazingly well maintained and updated! The hosts and people staying there were nice. Every spot has power and water, but the water hookup has really high pressure water, so make sure to bring a hose. One problem: the bathrooms had tons of millipedes after it rained! The patio outside was covered with them, and the door isn't well sealed so they get in. Other than that, great experience!
  • Please do not go here. A few deaths has occurred in the past, and it's just not safe. For example, on June 25th, 2016, a 2yr old boy was drowned by his relative. And, on August 18th, 2016, a 52yr old woman named Lynn Ann Bowen drowned for an unknown reason. So many bad things happen here, like getting lost in the forest, being attacked by snakes, injuring yourself on the paths, injuring yourself if you fall of your bike, etc. Just please, save your money and save yourself from this horrible disaster called a "park".
  • The front office is disorganized and does not seems to value your business. I and my friends camped one night but intended on camping two. We left after one night because of unexpected personal issues and because of noisy neighbors. They said that "quiet time" is from 10:00pm to 7:00am. Our neighbors were annoyingly loud until 1:00am. They were never told to keep it down and we had a really hard time sleeping. The other problem we had with this park was that we ran into many complications to get our refund for the second night even though it was paid in cash. In my opinion the cost is too high for camping but was conveniently close to home. We will not be camping here again. With these feelings aside the bathroom was clean and the walk in sites are wooded and spaced nicely enough apart.
  • Dog friendly and nice trails. They also have a paved half mile trail- Bird berry Trail. We take our dogs for a walk here all the time. This is a park and there is woods, so there will be wildlife such as snakes. We have seen many. Leave them alone and they won't bother you.
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