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Fort Yargo State Park

Average Rating:    (3.77 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

Fort Yargo's Trail System is 12 miles long it is mostly single track with a couple of sections of double track it consists of a lot of rolling terrain, whoops, a couple of jumps, a rock garden and a root garden. It also has a big hill climb out on the gas line. There are some really sweet descents on the backside of the hill climbs. The trails are Bi-Directional. Go clockwise on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun. Go counter-clockwise Tues, Thurs and Sat.
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Latitude
33.984079047970034
Longitude
-83.73350143432617
Trail Directions
Approximately 3 miles north of Hwy. 316 on Hwy 81 in Winder GA. I don't believe there are any signs on 316 for Ft. Yargo and if there are, they are of the very small variety.
Trail Length
approx 12 miles
Trail Level
Beginner to Intermediate
Trail Type
Single Track
City/County
Winder
Country
Barrow County
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Review Date
April 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Viper2369 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am fairly new to mountain biking hadn't haven't rode any other trails, so I have no basis for comparison, but I enjoy this trail. I have talked to a couple of people that have rode other trails and they agree this is a very fun ride. It has some good climbs with rewarding decents in either direction. I moved to the area 3.5 years ago and started riding it shortly after. There have been a lot of changes in that time, so if you haven't ridden this trail in a while, I would recommend giving it a try again. There have been a couple of "advanced" sections added, one being the Monster Mile, which is properly named, to replace the gas line hill climb.

The trail is mostly single track and in the woods. There are a couple of road crossings, but as long as you stick to the outter loop you will not ride on any roads. I just rode last weekend and there are some sections that are rough due to washouts and roots being exposed. The outter loop is close to 15 miles, there are mile markers, but I think they are a little out of date since the route has changed.

Recommended Route:
If you have time and want a nice fun ride, stick to the outter loop. If you want to get in a quick ride, you can hit the inner loop that skirts the lake. While still a good hour ride, it is a little more straight and you can keep a good pace going.

There is a $5 per day parking fee for the park. If you go in the main gate, there is usually a person collecting the fee, if you go in Area B to park, you have to pull a tab out of a collection box. Wednesday is free parking. Mon., Wed., Fri., & Sunday are Clockwise with Tues., Thurs., & Sat. being counter clockwise.

If you are going to the area, check out the site for Yargo Area Bike Association at www.yaba.homestead.com They do a good job of keeping the info up to date and have a good trail map.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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Review Date
October 9, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: j. r. eaton ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Can't really add much more except the horse shoe section is a trip and someone has posted some youtube video's of them 12 ft down 12 ft acreoss 12ft up. Great job YABA out standing ride.



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Review Date
July 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JRig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Big thanks to Mr. Gordon and the Yaba club for putting so much hard work into this trail system. It's a blast to ride now. Fast, flowy, long and fun.

Recommended Route:
It's directional. Take a look at the board at the trailhead for the correct direction that day. My favorite is clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chicopee, Blankets, Heritage, Dausette



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willevans (09/11/2008)
I second this opinion.
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Review Date
March 2, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tgw1trk ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
More new trails as/of 03-02-07:

A) While riding the loop clockwise, there is a new section prior to the sidehill descent, overlooking the dam and spillway. It bypasses the multi-use stretch with the huge unavoidable puddle, connected to the campsite road. New part is fairly narrow with no climbs, but a lot of tight, sharp turns. It adds about a half mile + or -. It's bumpy so the full-susp guys will like it.

B) The Inner (shorter) loop is now partially marked. Proceeding clockwise it begins at the foot of the first big stairsteps up, with a marked left turn. Cross the bridge and turn right at the campsite (paved) road. When you reach the lake follow the shoreline trail to the left, and cross the dam. If you want to include a hill climb, go straight up the hill, then turn right just past the bottom of the other side. If you want to skip the climb turn hard right at the end of the dam. Either way, you'll end up at the Day use Area "B" lakebridge. Cross the bridge and turn hard right, ride over the ramp, and cross the field by the rowing pier. From here you follow the lakeshore all the way back to the recreated Fort, down from the start/parking area. The last bit has a 3 step up-3 step down bridge and a tight, narrow sidehill over the lake. Seems like 7 or 8 miles total. When going counterclockwise a fun detour takes you up the gasline climb after the lakebridge. When your coming down the big gasline descent, take the left fork halfway down, stay OFF the brakes, and hammer that big ring. You'll hit the long flat dam, at the bottom, with a full head of steam, and be able to cross the dropoff for the spillway really flying. I've ridden a lot of trails around the SE and haven't seen anything to match this for sheer speed.

The Inner loop is a nice option for those days when you want to "get a ride in" but time is limited.

Recommended Route:
Overall a great trail system.
clockwise M-W-F-Su
counterclockwise T-T-Sa

Park across from tennis courts, signs show trailheads
$3 parking fee (free on wednesdays)
Remember hikers have right of way on the lakeshore trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Conyers Oly trail
Chickopea
Tribble Mill



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Review Date
February 4, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mswallow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail for the first time today and found it to be very enjoyable. This is a long fast trail that is very different from chicopee and blankets. I will definitely be out here again.

Recommended Route:
Outer loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blankets
Chicopee
Soap Creek
Big Creek



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