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Fort Yargo State Park, Winder

#31 of 74 in Nature in Georgia
State Park Nature / Park
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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  • My husband and I were looking to get back to walking/hiking/exercising. We checked it out and decided to buy the senior annual parking pass. We have been very pleased with the trails.....there is a 7 ...  more »
  • Our extended family visited Fort Yargo State Park, paying just 5$ total to enter since we drove together in a minivan. We had our picnic supplies and ate down by the lake. The water was just perfect f...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the "beach" and had a great time including the paddle boats. The park also has miniature golf, and other boats to rent. It is a wonderful place for a picnic, swimming, etc. Ft. Yargo...  more »
  • This was my first time out at Fort Yargo. I took my puppy, and me and the husband went for half a day during the first part of the summer. It was a very pleasant experience hiking the trails and eating a picnic. The trails were easy to hike (even for couch potatoes like ourselves) and the park facilities were all very clean. I will definitely be back for another visit.
  • This is one of the best state parks in Georgia. It has so much to offer. We love kayaking on the huge lake. There are also great trails. We love this park! It's great for families.
  • Nice park with lots of walking and biking trails. Decent sized lake with opportunity to fish. Wooden foot bridge spans the lake so its a lot of fun with kids. Also primitive camping with fire pits available as well as shelters with grills and outhouses.
  • Love this place! The people working there is very informative. The state park have a lot to do from mini golf to mountain biking. Definitely a place I will go back to. Especially for the camping.
  • Stayed for 4 -5 nights at the campground. Beautiful wooded surroundings, lake side camp site, so quiet you could hear a mouse fart. I slept like a baby. Rangers are nice and do a great job. Cleanest bathrooms I have ever seen for a public facility. Good job Fort Yargo personnel.

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