Fort Yargo State Park
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Introduction

Located between Athens and Atlanta, Fort Yargo State Park offers the perfect urban escape with its rich history, miles of trails, and 260-acre lake. This Georgia state park’s central feature is Old Fort Yargo, a log fort built by settlers in 1792 for protection against the local natives, the Creek and Cherokee. While this historic site is enough to attract visitors interested in the history of the area, the park also offers a wide range of outdoor recreation options for visitors of all kinds throughout its 1,816 acres and on its sizable lake—making it a great choice for your next RV trip.

Hikers will enjoy trekking through Fort Yargo State Park’s 20 miles of trails, while mountain bikers will revel in the 12-mile mountain bike loop, which winds around the park’s perimeter. Swimmers can meanwhile soak up the sun on the park’s sand beach, and boaters of all kinds can cruise around Fort Yargo’s lake, taking advantage of the park’s two boat ramps and rentals of jon boats, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, and pedal boats. Visitors can then cap off a long day of adventuring with a game of disc golf or mini golf within the park.

Fort Yargo State Park offers 40 RV sites with water and electrical hookups, spread across two campgrounds. This Georgia state park enjoys hot summers and mild winters, so it is a great park to visit any time of year, but visitors hoping to take advantage of the park’s boat rentals should plan to visit during the warmer months of April to October.

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Transportation in Fort Yargo State Park

Driving

Fort Yargo State Park is located just 25 miles west of Athens and 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, in the city of Winder, Georgia. With Highway 81 on one side and Highway 11 on the other, this Georgia state park’s convenient location makes it very accessible for cars and RVs.

Once inside the park, visitors will find the paved roads easy to navigate, and can reserve either a back-in site or pull-through site, for even easier access. Parking is available at the campsites and at various locations sprinkled throughout the park, including at the mountain bike trailhead, at Old Fort Yargo, at the boat ramp near Entrance B, and at the boat ramp near Campground #2.

Fort Yargo State Park is an ideal spot for those looking for a convenient, accessible getaway, as there are a wide range of amenities located right outside the park’s boundaries. Just west of the park’s Main Entrance, visitors can find all they might need at restaurants, shops, gas stations, and a grocery store only steps away from the park.

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Campgrounds and parking in Fort Yargo State Park

Campsites in Fort Yargo State Park

Reservations camping

Campground #2

An additional 13 RV sites are available in Campground #2, which offer the same range of features as the sites in Campground #1. These sites all offer water and electricity hookups, a picnic table, fire ring, and easy access to restrooms with showers. As with Campground #1, these sites do not have sewer hookups, but visitors can make use of the dump station nearby. Some of these sites offer 30 amp hookups, while others offer 50 amp hookups, and some are back-in, while others are pull-through; the largest sites in this campground can accommodate up to 50 foot rigs. As with the sites in Campground #1, these Campground #2 sites can be specifically reserved online, so be sure to choose your ideal site before arriving to the park if there are specific features you want in a site.

Campground #1

Fort Yargo State Park has two campgrounds offering a total of 40 RV sites. In Campground #1, visitors will find sites 1-27, which each offer water and electricity hookups, a picnic table, fire ring, and easy access to restrooms with showers. There are no sewer hookups, but guests can take advantage of the dump station nearby. These sites range in their specific features: some sites offer 30 amp hookups, others offer 50 amp hookups; some are back-in, some are pull-through; and some can accommodate up to 50 foot rigs, while others can accommodate 25 foot rigs. A few of these sites are even located right on the lake. These sites can be specifically reserved online, so make sure to select your ideal site before making your trip.

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Seasonal activities in Fort Yargo State Park

In-Season

Disc Golf & Mini Golf

Visitors looking to add a different kind of adventure to their Fort Yargo State Park trip can add miniature golf or disc golf to the agenda. This Georgia state park is home to both a disc golf course—which is exceptionally challenging—and a miniature golf course, which visitors can use for a small fee. Located next to the swimming beach, these courses make a fun addition to a trip filled with more rustic adventures like hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Swimming

Visitors hoping to escape the Georgia heat can plan to head straight to Fort Yargo State Park’s large swimming beach, which offers visitors a sandy beach opening up onto the park’s 260-acre lake, Marbury Creek Reservoir. The swimming beach is located next to the disc golf course and boat rental area, and features a beach pavilion, bathhouse, picnic area, and overlook. Families, groups of friends, and visitors of all sorts will enjoy soaking up the sun on the sandy beach and then cooling off in the refreshing Marbury Creek Reservoir.

Boating

Fort Yargo State Park is a boater’s paradise: with two boat ramps, a wide range of boat rentals, and private boats permitted, the park offers endless opportunities for boating adventures. Visitors who plan to bring their own boat can enjoy cruising around Fort Yargo’s lake on any boat with under 10HP. Those who would prefer to rent a boat upon arrival can rent jon boats, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, and pedal boats from the park from April to October.

Off-Season

Old Fort Yargo

No matter which adventures you choose to fill your days with during your visit, a trip to Fort Yargo State Park would not be complete without a quick stop to the park’s namesake and central feature: Old Fort Yargo. Conveniently located near the park’s main entrance and nature center, Old Fort Yargo is an old log fort built in 1792 by settlers for protection against the Creek and Cherokee Indians. Stopping by this key historical site is an easy way to add a rich historical element to your visit to this Georgia state park.

Biking

Fort Yargo State Park is a popular destination for mountain bikers in Georgia, so visitors who want to explore the park on two wheels will have plenty of trails to tackle. In particular, the park is home to the 12-mile Mountain Bike Loop, which winds around the park’s perimeter and is best suited for experienced riders. Some of the most memorable sections of this trail include the ominously-named Heart Attack Hill, which takes riders up and down a beautiful hillside above the lake, and Monster Mile, which features tough climbs, tight turns, and steep descents.

Hiking

If you are hoping to explore this 1,816 acre park by foot, you will not be disappointed: Fort Yargo State Park boasts more than 20 miles of hiking trails, which range from short and easy to long and moderately difficult. Those looking for a short stroll can hop on the half-mile Bird Berry Trail, which features a birding area, nature signs, and a gazebo, all along a paved trail. Hikers looking for a longer, more challenging hike can plan to tackle Lake Loop Trail, which travels seven miles around the lake and into wooded uplands, for different views of plants and trees.

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