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Fort Yargo State Park, Winder

#33 of 114 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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  • Fort Yargo is well-maintained, has plenty of trails and a great escape to nature. The big beach pavilion and beach is nice, but can get crowded. I have not been to the camping facilities, but they are...  more »
  • We stayed at a Yurt for our first time at Fort Yargo and it exceeded expectations. The yurt has a functioning air conditioning unit that worked great and is clean. The Yurt village is set up on a peni...  more »
  • Very beautiful lakes and beach area. The fishing area was great, though unfortunately we caught nothing. Picnics areas were great too. The Cabins and Yurts looked cool from the outside (never went in). Not to mention it was only $5 for parking. For sure going to go again soon.
  • We really enjoyed this campground, despite the weather. We were there the first week of Jan. 2019. Campground was awesome, camp host was on top of things, the shower house/bathrooms looked new and were kept clean. We were there for about 5 days and the weather was horrible. Wind and rain for about the first 3 days, nonstop. One night it was so bad, we couldn’t get outside and cook supper, thankfully there’s a Ruby Tuesday, (among other restaurants) a short 5 min. drive away. The last couple days were nice, but the hiking trails were wet and muddy, so we really couldn’t enjoy the park as well as we could have. (Not to mention it was Winter time). But we can’t blame any of that on the park. It’s a nice place.

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