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Fort Yargo State Park, Winder

(4.3/5 based on 150 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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Quiet and peaceful, running, jogging, birthday parties and more. wanna catch some fish - great place, swimming - weather permitting  more »
  • If you just want to go somewhere to relax, take a hike and have a picnic this is your place. places next to the lake to grill and enjoy the scenery. summer time not to bad to go to the beach and work ...  more »
  • This is an absolutely beautiful park. I came here on my first camping and hiking experience and it has been amazing. The park is huge and very clean and quiet. The park host was always available for u...  more »
Google
  • Great natural habitat to learn from. Amazing wildlife exhibits. Awesome staff. Nice gift shop. Cheap to swim, paddle boat or grill out with the family! Bring you're own grill or grill out on their grills! There's not many so get there early if you want a grill! They have several playgrounds throughout the park. Several walking and biking trails. Beach area. Fishing area. Seasonal Fishing Tournament's.
  • fort yargo is a decent place to spend the day. the beach is always packed if its warm outside though so we stay clear of that area... my wife and i Kayak here often (as its close to home) its a good place to paddle and decent spot to fish. fishing can be tricky if its your first time at the lake. fish tend to stay really deep most of the year (except when spawning). its hard to find a deep hole any where on this lake that has good weed or wood cover. but if you spend a few hours fishing around the lake in a boat you will find a few spots that you can catch a some good fish. *** fisherman tip*** the big bass stay deeeeeeppppp! its hard to find a deep spot on this lake. i advise using a depth finder if possible for your first visit. water visibility stays very low most of the year so without a depth finder its hard to tell if you are fishing in 3 foot water or 10 foot water... there is a spot where i have landed many bass over 5 lbs. (biggest one was 9 lbs 8 oz). stay close to the damn and work the fallen trees near the shore with a very slow return. these big bass hit very soft and most of the time feel like snag before its to late to set the hook. if you feel even a little bump SET THE HOOK! good chance its a big lazy SOB.
  • This Park has a lot to offer and wide variety of things to do, one of the Top 3 most visited State Parks in Georgia.
  • 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.
  • 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!