Fort Yargo State Park - Bird Berry Trail - Member Hike

Hike Name: Fort Yargo State Park - Bird Berry Trail
Country: United States
State: Georgia
Nearby Town: Winder
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: Located 1 mile south of Winder on Ga. Hwy. 81.
Total Hike Distance: 6.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Nature Center
Trails Used: Bird Berry Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Lakes
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Fort Yargo State Park
210 S. Broad Street
Winder , GA 30680
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Fort Yargo State Park is a 1,816 acre facility that surrounds the Marbury Creek Watershed. The 260-acre lake offers a large swimming beach, fishing and boat ramps, lakeside yurts, a lakeside campground, and 18 miles of hiking and biking trails. The park's close proximity to Atlanta and Athens make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts in the area who compete in numerous running, hiking, and biking events each year.

In 1792, early settlers to the area built a log fort on this site for protection against the Creek and Cherokee Indian tribes. A reconstruction of the cabin and surrounding community can be seen just south of the nature center. The Bird Berry Trail can also be picked up in this area and is easily accessed from the Nature Center. The six mile loop crosses the dam, circles the lake, and can be walked in about three hours. We hiked a smaller section of this trail, but it is fairly easy and offers numerous views out across the Marbury Creek Watershed.



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