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 heavily wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. For a unique camping experience, visitors can reserve lakeside yurts, which are like canvas and wooden tents. Each yurt has furniture inside and a fire ring outside. 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 $45 to $155, plus parking*. Group shelters include kitchens, grills, tables and chairs. Group Shelter B is enclosed, holding 100 guests, while Group Shelter A is open-air and accommodates 80 guests. Both the Nature Center Pavilion and Beach Pavilion have lake views. Scenic picnic shelters are good options for smaller groups and budgets. Wedding parties of 20 or less may prefer the gazebo along the Bird Berry Trail. Facilities are shown on the park's photo gallery. (*Park staff can arrange to have party hosts pay for guest parking.)

Easy hike around a shallow lake. No hills to speak of. At points the trail was difficult to follow, especially when the trail hit roads or the campground.

Did the whole loop, and it was nice hiking, well used trail and pretty views of the lake. But this was the worst marked trail I've ever hiked. I'm a good navigator and am a very experiences hiker and I got lost twice in the campgrounds because there aren't signs at proper intervals and the trail goes in a couple circles. Also, all the maps showed "you are here" in the wrong place.

There were also several intersections of trails that had no markings or labels whatsoever, so we had to guess. Every intersection should have a label!

hiking
2 months ago

nice easy trail. took my 2 little dogs and they loved it!

I just loved.

Great loop for hiking. Nice scenery. Trail could be marked better - easy to get off the inner loop (7 mile hiking trail) and onto the outer loop (15 miles - bike trail)

mountain biking
3 months ago

whitewater kayaking
3 months ago