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Fort Yargo Park -- Lake Loop Trail with Picnic Lunch

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Yargo State Park   Hike: Fort Yargo Park -- Lake Loop Trail with Picnic Lunch   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 28 2023  10:00 am >> Sun, May 28 2023 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sat, May 20 2023 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 28 2023 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Sue M.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join me for a 6.5 mile hike around the 260 acre lake at beautiful Fort Yargo State Park.  We will be hiking at a moderate but steady pace on the yellow trail with occasional stops at places of interest.  This relatively flat trail travels around the lake and it is open to both foot traffic and bicycles. The trail hugs the shoreline in many locations offering views of the lake, beach and possible wildlife. It also travels into wooded uplands for different views of plants and trees. 

The pace will be on the faster side of D2.  Not a fitness hike but not a stroll either.  

This historical park features a log fort built in 1792 by settlers for protection against Creek and Cherokee Indians. Located in Winder, GA between Atlanta and Athens, Fort Yargo offers camping, hiking, biking (leisure and mountain) and fishing experience for families.

There are bathrooms at this location.  Parking is $5 unless you have a state parking pass.

NOTE......We are meeting at "Area B" park entrance.   Do NOT go to the main parking lot (area A) where the Visitors Center is.  We are not meeting there.  

-----Please bring your lunch.  Leave it in the car in a cooler.  After the hike we are going to grab a table on the water for a picnic.  This lunch is totally optional and not part of the AOC event.  

Required Items to Bring:

Water for hydration

Good hiking shoes

Clothing appropriate for the event and weather.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Street address for the park is:

210 S Broad Street
Winder GA  30680

Turn right on "Area B" Park entrance and go .5 miles till it dead ends near the lake..  There is a big fire station right at the street where you turn to go to Area B

We'll meet at the parking lot on the left, near the lake.

NOTE...... DO NOT drive to "Area A" or main Park entrance. THIS IS NOT WHERE WE'RE MEETING.

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I will cancel event, if the weather conditions will not permit us to complete this event.