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A state park fairly close to the Atlanta area, but ideal for those living in the eastern suburbs, is Fort Yargo State Park. During our visit, it was apparent that the park is used as a center for recreational and communal use. The park is located in Winder, GA and has a plethora of activities for visitors to partake in, including camping, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, mini golfing, kayaking, paddle boating, and canoeing, as well as areas for basketball, tennis, disc golf, and events. The park’s name is derived from a log fort built in 1792 by settlers that visitors can still see today. We hiked the lake hiking trail, which was 7 miles long, and it took you through a variety of landscapes around the lake including forests, fields, and across the dam. Near the end of the loop, hikers or bikers will come across the log fort that has some benches in front. We found it to be a great place to stop at, enjoy a snack, and take in both the beauty and the history around us. Overall, we really enjoyed Fort Yargo, and it made for a great weekend trip, but it would also be ideal for setting up a tent and enjoying a weekend away in nature.

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