Explore the most popular trails in Fort Yargo State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.)

7 days ago

Nice easy trail...it was really hot and humid so didn't see much wildlife other than a few turtles and a huge red tail hawk. Lots of wildflowers though. This is a great local park for my family...

off trail
20 days ago

Loved it. The whole circumference of lake Yargo took a little over 2 hrs but there was plenty of shade throughout the whole trail. Also bathrooms and water along the way which is perfect. Some of the trail is paved some is not which is totally fine for me. Easy walk relaxing not steep at all. You’ll encounter some mountain bike riders but there very courteous to hikers and polite. They also have other activities you can do such as camping, canoeing/kayaking and there’s a secluded area-beach area- to go swimming great for little kids. In over all I don’t have any negatives to say about Fort Yargo State Park. If around the area def. check it out!

I took our boy scouts troop to Fort Yargo for one of our 10 mile hikes for the hiking merit badge. Ours was 10.1 miles but that is because we did other loops within Yargo. It was a great hike and great weather.

Fair weather

I love this trail. But this trail hates me.

Great trail! There is some beautiful scenery and the trail is pretty well maintained, and kept clean. I’ve hiked several trails at Fort Yargo so I’m very familiar with the park and the whole park is a great escape even though you’re in downtown Winder. The trails are pretty easy and great for prep for harder trails.

good walk

My favorite

Not a lot of water available on this trail so be sure to hump your own. What surface water we passed looked a bit sketchy as well and I wound up sharing my Camelbak with my dog. There are two RV campsites with water available but that’s about it. Not an especially scenic trail unless you are exceptionally fond of pine trees and kudzu, but better than an urban jungle at any rate. The trail is well marked and in reasonably good condition. Not a lot of benches or rest spots compared to other state park trails I am familiar with.

This is one of our favorite hikes. It’s an easy hike if you are looking to be active but not in the mood to work your butt off.

2 months ago

Great trail. Easy relaxed walk. Sometimes bugs, you are on the lake But a can of repellent spray and you’re good to go. Bring plenty of water.

Nice lakeside trail. I liked the more forested sections best. The trail follows some paved roads into camping areas and picnic areas.

nice and easy hike around the lake. Warm in early June. Bring water and insect apart.

5 months ago

vary nice park and trails. did the lake loop with a 9 and 10 yr old

good for kids. watch out for bikers not yielding.


I did a lot of shortcuts for land navigation purposes

It was perfectly OK. Great for training.

This trail is well maintained but I felt like the area was overdeveloped. I rarely felt like I was hiking in the woods as I was constantly turning a corner and seeing a camper parking lot or yurts or a playground. Construction also makes it tough to park.

Well maintained easy trail. Main parking lot is currently a mess the area is under construction so parking is becoming an issue due the park being highly trafficked. Found a couple areas where there's a bunch of debris and it looks like it's been there for a while. Don't be intimidated by the Heart Attack Hill is literally a tiny hill.

8 months ago

Been running the inner and outer for years. Definitely a go to if you’re in the area!

Easy trail. Didn’t like how there’s no proper parking spot as it is under big construction at the moment.

pretty and easy. there were some detours and walks through campsites which made it not great but trail well maintained

Nice place to come for a easy walk in the woods. Very beautiful in the fall!

A great easy trail to just jump on with nice variety. very pretty, well maintained. One of my favorite.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Decent and fun ride for us (and I'm a beginner)! Some hills but not impossible. Good combination of lake views and woods as well.

An easy but a decent hiking trail which surrounds the lake in the Fort Yargo State Park.

mountain biking
11 months ago

great ride. enjoyed it.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Favorite trail at the park. Challenging, but nice shaded trails, cool views, and dog friendly. 10/10 would recommend to a friend!

Saturday, September 08, 2018

i love coming here when its time to escape go for a walk with your family or sit by the water with a good book .. it is rather busy on weekends but over all its a great place

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