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Fort Yargo State Park is a natural draw for adventurous bikers, hikers, disc golfers, and other recreationally inclined folks. This 1,816-acre park is located in northern Georgia between Atlanta, Athens, and the Chattahoochee National Forest in the small town of Winder. This park is covered in loblolly pine and oak trees and is home to a popular 260-acre lake.
In 1792, some of the early European settlers in the area built a log cabin to protect themselves from the natives. That building, one of a few built by the Humphrey brothers, is still preserved today as a historic monument. Its history is vast and extends past the Civil War.
There's so much to explore in Fort Yargo State Park, so many things to do and adventures to discover. Whether it’s beach lounging, geocaching, miniature golfing, or wildlife viewing, this park will keep you entertained for your entire stay. Rent an RV in Barrow County and start your camping trip.
Hikers and mountain bikers are going to love this park. The park's four trails measure out to over 20 miles. Fort Yargo campers have the luxury of walking the tranquil Bird Berry Trail and get a glimpse of the park's bird species. Birders have been known to catch glimpses of white egrets, blue herons, and Canadian geese. You might even see some rabbits or a deer. Or, go sightseeing on the seven-mile loop which wraps around the lake.
Leave your hiking boots back at the RV camper and traverse the Mountain Bike Loop. This course is ranked moderate to difficult and is only open to bikers because of its speed and bumpy terrain. Each section of the trail is its own adventure. Climb steep hills, pedal past an old graveyard, and coast along the pristine Fort Yargo Lake.
Whether you’re a first-timer or an expert disc golfer, you're in for a treat. Fort Yargo State Park has an 18-hole disc golf course that winds through the woods and banks around the lake. The scenic views make for a great backdrop that will leave you feeling good, win or lose.
Fort Yargo also has tennis courts where you can practice your backswing and an amphitheater where you can finally put on that one-man Shakespeare play. There are a couple of pavilions where campers can host get-togethers and a gift shop so you can take a souvenir home with you.
RV campers at Fort Yargo State Park have their choice of 40 RV sites, all with water and 30- and 50-amp hookups. Some sites are pull-through, while the majority are back-in. The park can accommodate motorhome campers up to 50 feet long, so make sure to book the site that fits your needs.
The campground has plenty of amenities to keep you happy and comfortable, including hot showers, public restrooms, a dump station, and a fire ring at each site. Motorhome campers should have fairly good cell phone service with most major carriers, but there's no Wi-Fi in the park itself. In addition to RV camping options, the park also features yurts, cottages, adventure cabins, and walk-in tent campsites.
If American history fascinates you, make sure to check out the Fort Yargo Living History Society. This group helps preserve the remains of Fort Yargo and uses it as a demonstration site to educate school kids and visitors on its history. The structures are maintained and restored using the same tools and methods the original settlers would have used. Visit the Fort Yargo Living History Society during your stay and learn about the rich history of the area.
The horticulture fanatics among you should head to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, which is part of the University of Georgia in Athens. Classes are available for students, kids, and adults who are interested in learning about local plant life, ecology as a whole, and how to protect the planet. The garden also has less structured walking tours where you can learn all about the important world of ecology in a stress-free, hands-on environment.
If you happened to plan your Fort Yargo RV camping trip in the fall or winter months, chances are, you’ll be in town for an Atlanta Falcons football game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons will play a total of eight home games during the regular season, so if the hard-hitting, history-making National Football League is something that interests you, order your tickets online or head to the box office located at the stadium. The venue also hosts musical acts from all over the world.
You'll find tons of gas stations within a 15-minute drive of the park, so you won’t have to travel far to fill up. Then when it’s time to get back on the road, I-85 is just north of Fort Yargo, and it's a good place to start no matter where you're headed next.