Hitting the Trail: Fort Yargo State Park (Winder, Georgia)

Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at kidsandnature@gmail.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!


Fort Yargo State Park (Winder, Georgia)

This week we welcome Shelli, from Mama of Letter, who also just published her first ebook Then There Were Two: Essays on Motherhood. She and her family took a beautiful walk around Fort Yargo State Park. They found some interesting nature, spotted blue heron in the trees, and explored the old fort to learn more about the history of the area. We enjoyed this peek at Georgia in the fall and hope you will too.

Thank you for sharing your walk, Shelli!

1 blue heron in tree-1

2 lake reflection-1

ft. yargo lake-3

3 on the bridge-1

4 little boy's treasure seed pod & black feather-1

5 sweet gum leaves-1

6 loblolly pine cone & needles-1

8 moss-1

10 some kind of pupa-1

12 by the lake-1

this is an old photo I had of the fort -1

Some Things to Know

Location: Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, GA. The website is: http://www.gastateparks.org/FortYargo

Habitat: Ft. Yargo is located in the Piedmont of Georgia. The Piedmont is the area between the Appalachian Mountains and coastal plain. There are woods and rolling hills here. Most of Georgia’s population lives in the Piedmont because Atlanta and some other cities are located in this region.

Favorite Animal & Plant Life: Loblolly pine and a variety of beautiful hardwoods cover the park. It’s also home to the Pink Lady Slipper Orchid. (Link to http://anybodyseenmyfocus.blogspot.com/2012/04/fort-yargo-state-park-pink-ladys.html)

We have spotted blue heron, hawks, turkey vultures and many other kinds of birds. We heard some wild turkey too! Fort Yargo is also home for deer, squirrels, frogs, snakes, lizards, owls, bats, spiders, and countless insects.  The 260-acre Fort Yargo Lake located inside the park is home to many kinds of fish. (Small boats and fishing is permitted.)

Special Features: The park is 1,816 acres and provides all kinds of accommodations for campers and visitors. You can even rent a yurt! There are 18 miles of hiking and biking trails. The main feature is a 1792 log fort built by settlers for protection against Creek and Cherokee Indians. Once a month there are living history demonstrators that camp out at the fort over a weekend.

Best Time of Year to Visit: March-May is springtime and beautiful in Georgia, and late October and November offers the best autumn foliage, but Fort Yargo can be visited year-round.


5 comments… add one

  • shelli : mamaofletters December 3, 2013, 11:05 am

    Thank you for including my photographs on your lovely website!

  • Sarah December 4, 2013, 2:07 pm

    This is great! We’re fairly close, but have never visited Fort Yargo. I’ll have to make that happen this winter.

    • Dawn & Annie December 4, 2013, 2:42 pm

      That is great, Sarah! Please let us know if you visit.

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