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Fort Yargo State Park, Winder

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#32 of 94 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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  • Last visit, I was attending the colonial market fair, which is always enteraining, if not needlessly expensive. But the people putting the fair on were very informative to the students (I was there with my daughters 1st grade class.) The park itself is pretty lovely, but at the moment they are doing extensive renovations. They have a wide range of amenities for campers and a swimming area, etc. Those yurts look tight, but I wouldn't bother renting something like that so close to home. So look elsewhere for substantial info on those.
  • Beautiful wilderness area. Well marked trails make it an easy hike. Beautiful hike around a lake. There is the opportunity for a bathroom break at the campgrounds along the hike.
  • Adored the yurt! Nice hot showers and clean bath house. Lots of food and movie theater within a few minutes drive. Cute gift shop and front office. 99% of the staff was super friendly, helpful, and accomodating. Boat rentals and putt putt and lake beaches. I'd go again in a minute!
  • Love this park! Always clean. My kids love Birdberry trail. Wonderful beach. Just saw the Adventure cabin rentals....can't wait to have my out-of-town friends (who have lots of kids) look into these beauties.
  • Beautiful!! Stopped here while on a road trip just to stretch our legs. Will definitely come back for a longer stay. Campsites are lovely and they offer everything from Yurts to air-conditioned cabins...as well boating options.
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