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About Fort Yargo State Park
Nestled between Athens and Atlanta, Fort Yargo is a 1,816-acre park located in Georgia state. Its namesake comes from a log fort that was constructed by settlers who, at the time, built it to protect themselves against the Creek and Cherokee. Nowadays, visitors flock to this park to enjoy the variety of outdoor recreation and activities. Apart from all the recreation the park has to offer, it also provides some of the most gorgeous views in the Eastern region of the United States. Here, folks can enjoy over 20 miles of hiking and bike trails. Fort Yargo State Park is also a common location for outdoor weddings and other types of special events and celebrations. Those looking to stay overnight have an abundance of options to choose from. The park offers 12 walk-in campsites, 13 “adventure” cabins, 40 RV and tent campsites, group shelters, and even lakeside yurts for anyone wanting a true “glamping” experience. The fees for staying overnight range from $25-135, and do not include the ParkPass fee. The ParkPass fee is $5 per day for passenger vehicles carrying a maximum of 12 people, and for passenger vehicles with additional occupants the fee is $30 per day. Additionally, there is an annual option for $50-75 per year. Luckily, visitors are only required to pay for a ParkPass once during the entirety of their stay. The main attractions to this park are the variety of activities such as disc golf, mini golf, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, and geocaching. Disc golf has proven to be a challenge for many visitors, at least partly due to the fact that it's a densely wooded course. This park is also home to a gorgeous 260-acre lake with a seasonal beach. Visitors can enjoy a day at the lake on one of the two beach pavilions and fishing is a welcome activity as well.
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Fort Yargo State Park is located in Georgia
33.909 N
-83.747 W
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14 Reviews of Fort Yargo State Park
Quiet camping

Primitive sites. Very quiet-not crowded when we were there.

Fantastic views,

One of my best state park, we travel with Rv and sites was clean & including water & electric. The roads are good, it was raining wen we stay their, we had a wonderful time. We're from Israel and we travel the USA with an RV, so this park was just fantastic.

Relaxation in The Woods

Fort Yargo is in the Winder Ga area and is close to Helen, Jefferson, Athens and Atlanta. Entering the campground is a nice paved road and leads to tent camping, cabins, yurts and RV sites.

Very clean park and has Historical area, playground, tennis court, bike and hike trails. Not to mention beach and boating area.

Picnics, camping, boating biking and camping or just day use areas. Pet friendly and all around great park.

There is a small general store, but you are so close to everything if you need it, it's there.

Gread for the Georgia Bulldog crowd as its less then 30 minutes!

I recommend this park highly.


If you’re like me and appreciate a bit of privacy when camping, the walk-in campsites at Fort Yargo are the place to go. Just a short 1-2 minutes walk from your car and bathrooms, but you feel much more secluded than the campsites in the regular campground. The 12walk-in sites are waterfront to the lake- perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. If you want privacy, but dont want to ‘hike-in’ all your camping gear, I highly recommend these sites!

Great walk in sites

Beautiful sites that are somewhat private. Lots to do close by in the day time (biking, hiking, fishing, swimming..)


This is one of the few state parks in Georgia with yurts and also has a great flat biking trail. The lake allows for kayaking and boating and some yurts are actually right on the lake. A good glamping destination.

Absolutely beautiful!!!! I wanted to never go home!!

It has history. A beautiful lake with many activities. Great primitive camp sites as well as spacious pull through lake front spots for RVs. They also have cute yurts on the lake with a movie night for kids!

has it all

Great swimming and hiking.


large sites, lake view, walk up sites, showers

Convenient yet Secluded

This is one of my favorite Georgia state parks. The outer loop trail is 11-12 miles long (the extra mile is your choice of including the "monster mile" or not). The inner loop is 5 miles. So there is plenty of hiking and biking trails. You can bring your own boat or rent one of many styles from the boat house. There are new boat ramps and docks at both ends of the park along with new bridges. There are even more improvements in the works for the entrance and welcome center. A negative aspect for me is that the sites are reserved on a first come first serve basis (not site specific). This leads to increased anxiety of trying to find a site and folks stalking sites days and hours prior to you leaving- it can be a bit creepy. Both bath houses are new though and kept very clean. The hosts are friendly and fire wood is available for a wider time range than other parks. Hosts also take their duties seriously keeping the sites ready for the next guests. They try their best to get to every site to rake the rocks free of litter or debris. We've stayed early spring, late spring and mid fall. We love the sites with water access but they are hard to come by. You are close to restaurants if you'd rather not cook or stores if you've forgotten something, but once you're in the park the outside world melts away.