Fort Yargo State Park

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Fort Yargo State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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John L
Forsyth, GA11 contributions
Family
I used to come here for mountain bike riding around 2003-07 but had never camped here. I really like this park, so when we decided to camp here I was super excited. Brought some additional family and had a great weekend. The sites are well spaced and maintained with the end result being a very quiet and enjoyable campground. Hiking, biking and lake activities are fantastic. However, the beach area could use some improvement. Apparently anyone who pays a day use fee can come to the same beach and picnic area as campers. So we had to share this area with probably around +300 other families. This was still not a deal killer as there were lifeguards and DNR officers on site, but I would have enjoyed the access to the lake a lot better if the attendance had not been so high. Maybe a separate beach area for campers only would be a solution. Anyways, great park! Plenty of outdoor activities and amenities. We will definitely be back!
Written July 31, 2021
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Happyness
57 contributions
Friends
The hiking trail was a bit much for me, because I was super out of shape. But other than that, the scenery was so beautiful and the air smelled sweet. I saw a turtle, spider (it was HUGE) and so many ant hills (so be careful.. You have been warned). Also, there were so many of those tiny little beetles which I thought were some kind of tick.. Thank goodness they weren't.. But there were so so so many of them. They would cling on to your clothes, hair and sometimes your face. One almost flew into my mouth. Luckily, I closed it just in time.. Eeew! The lake water is dirty, so I don't recommend swimming. Kayaking/Canoeing is fine. Fishing is ok (must have fishing license) but you can't fish on the bridge (because of the pandemic, I'm assuming). Great place for family outings and small picnics. Great place to take pictures, too. No collecting wild plants/flowers and rocks are allowed in the park. What really urked me was that people weren't being considerate.. Meaning they didn't have any face masks on. Please put them on or just don't come outside. Don't spread it! That's all.
Written October 22, 2020
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC587 contributions
This park has a very nice campground areas with quite a few that border the lake. There are wonderful hiking trails, some of which are shared with mountain bikes. We did both and the only disappointment during our visit was when we tried to bike the "yellow" trail. We were just handed a map when we checked in but it turned out that we had to switch to the blue ("experienced mountain bikers only") trail for several total miles due to construction of both land and bridge areas. Construction is fine but we wish we would have known since neither of us are super technical riders and some of the blue trail is definitely difficult. Otherwise, we had a great time and enjoyed the hiking and relaxing. Without construction, the biking trails would be excellent!
Written April 29, 2021
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Steve Y
Atlanta, GA157 contributions
Family
Went fishing on it’s small lake on Thursday with my son. Never could see anything alive in the lake due to poor clarity. Lots of pollen & other stuff in lake made it look a little gruesome. We caught a fairly good size catfish (18”) in the lake but that was it. Moderate activity around the lake with plenty of campers, beach goers and other tourists hiking. It is a small but beautiful park just that the lake could use a clean-up sometime soon.
Written March 22, 2020
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Zach D
Orange Park, FL117 contributions
Family
We stayed two nights and it wasn’t enough! When we come back next tome we will stay a minimum of three nights so we can go and do more. The new park entrance is gorgeous, as it truly sets the ton for what’s to come. The fishing was fantastic and the water was nice and cool. We can’t wait to come back next time!!
Written April 30, 2020
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Ron
Savannah, GA630 contributions
Couples
We hiked 7 mile trail this morning. It was a fairly easy trail around the lake. Unfortunately had to share it with bikers. Our dog did not appreciate that. The log fort was a surprise. This is not how I pictured it. Quite small.
Written May 23, 2020
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selbel
Atlanta, GA28 contributions
We stayed in a Yurt (like a circular tent with wooden floors, skylight, and cabin style furniture) and it was AMAZING! Yurt number 2 is right on the lake - you sit on your deck and the lake is right there, sun blazing on the water - it's so special. My 2 year old fed the fish right off our deck! (We have stayed in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora (Tahiti) and this is as close as we'll get to that again without travelling far!!). I was blown away at how lovely this place was! It sleeps 4 comfortably and has electricity - we took the crock pot to make some meals. There is a fire pit outside for smores and a grill (but the grill was really black!) and your own table and benches to eat at - with a view to the lake. I wish there had been a fridge - we kept everything fresh in a cooler! (There are stores close by the Park to get supplies).

We did a 7 mile hike around the lake and it was beautiful - we stopped at the beach for a couple of hours - just perfect! There's a Fort to visit (although it's more like a house!) and animals and nature spotting abound! a fantastic place for a weekend or even a week!

In my opinion Yurt number 2 has the best location as you can see straight across the lake with an unobstructed view - number 1 would be fine too - just not as full a view - and number 3 has a nice outside eating area. Yurt 4 and 5 don;t have a great view - although on the water they overlook the campers on the other side of the lake (which is very narrow at this point ) - so not much privacy.

There are canoes under the Yurt which are fun to rent for $6 for the weekend - they are difficult to get out as they are heavy - but so much fun when on the water!

I would highly recommend staying in a Yurt - and we'll be back!
Written October 29, 2011
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Connie P
Buford, GA1 contribution
We camped at Fort Yargo In winder in August with our 9 grandchildren we got there on Thursday and Left on Sunday.They waited til Saturday nite to tell us we had to many kids on one site,so we had to purchase another site (for the 14 and 13 yr olds) and Pack up tents in the dark for less than 24hrs to stay on The Bees and Bugs were horrible. The Host kept comming by and telling us what we could not do.We felt like we were at a Natzi camp.It is not for Families and if you don't have a fancy RV you are shunned.I will never camp there again and will be sure to not recommend it to anyone.
Written August 14, 2010
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sweetsoutherngirl
Atlanta, GA5 contributions
Family
Stayed in yurt 3 for two nights. Yurt 2,3,4 have the best views. Yurt 2 is out on a point which has the best views. Avoid yurt 5. Very close to the entrance and overlooks shallow, muddy water. The grounds are beautiful, very well maintained. The cots are hard so next time I plan on bringing foam pads. We made the mistake of renting a paddle boat for $30 dollars a day but when you check in be sure to ask for the $6 dollar a day canoe that is stored under your yurt. Great little fishing lake, we caught alot of bass and had a wonderful time. You can hear trains go by every hour during the night, I loved the sound, Husband not so much. Be sure to bring a bike, the trails are amazing. I hope to return in late summer when the colors are changing.
Written June 15, 2012
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Lauren M
11 contributions
Family
Came for a picnic, fishing and pedal boats. Wished I could find more information online so I posted some pictures of the rental rates they had listed. Beautiful state park for families to spend time together and get back to nature.
Written June 13, 2015
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