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Fort Yargo State Park, Winder

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#31 of 74 in Nature in Georgia
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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  • The trip was day after Thanksgiving with the family. It was mostly to wear the kids down and have some piece. We took a short hike around about a quarter of the lake. It was nice and very different th...  more »
  • The park is pretty and quiet. However, this is NOT a fishing lake. You can fish but you won't catch anything. It needs to be stocked. We have been here for a week and not even a nibble! There will be ...  more »
  • We tent/suv camp, and have been camping here two times so far (campground 1), and both experiences were great. The staff are friendly and very helpful, and the check-in is quick. The sites are very we...  more »
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  • We use the RV Dump Station here (Campground 2 is the easiest to access for our Class-A motorhome.) The restrooms are clean & the Campground Host is friendly. The new boat ramp at Campground 2 looks great! (It was being constructed last year, early 2017, when the lake/reservoir was drained.) I often use a Library-sourced (Winder, Auburn or Monroe, GA) GA State Parks Pass if I don't want to pay the $5 entrance/parking fee! :)
  • We regularly visit for some of the best trails for running and biking in the area. The cabins are very nice and new for an overnight stay. Other than that, I can't say much for the park. The beach is not great for swimming....with dirty sand and trash. There are playgrounds, but nothing spectacular and could use improvements. Don't expect to catch fish, I've caught only a few in several trips.
  • Wonderful park with nice hiking and bike trails. Very clean bathrooms. Great yurt accommodations right on the water's edge makes for great sunrise and sunset views.
  • We've rented yurts two Thanksgivings in a row. The yurts are clean, well maintained, and homey. They sleep 6 people, and come with paddles and life jackets for canoeing (an extra charge, but well worth the money). I highly recommend them, even in the cooler months.
  • Nice place. Great bike trails. Great beach area during the summer season. Wonderful camping. Been going there for decades. Highly recommended.

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