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Barrow County Parks and Recreation

Newcomers to Barrow County and long-time residents alike, have a common sentiment about this community, "You have everything an urban community has to offer without having to live in an urban community." But the difference is that this cozy community is situated in the middle of an area abounding with world renowned sporting events, cultural activities, recreation, entertainment, shopping and dining.

Barrow County has an active Recreation Department and a growing YMCA, both of which offer year-round recreational activities for children and adults. The Barrow County Recreation Department has a wide variety of activities for children and youth including soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, wrestling, cheerleading, gymnastics, flag football, tackle football, basketball, art classes and guitar lessons. Adults can participate in soccer, softball, and a variety of classes offered periodically throughout the year.

Barrow County is also home to Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Fort Yargo State Park, and numerous other recreational opportunities. You will not be lacking for things to do if you live in Barrow County. Whether you enjoy family outings or individual pursuits--sports or cultural activities-the small town atmosphere, or the vibrancy of the big cities nearby, Barrow County has something for everyone.

Parks and Recreation

Barrow County Recreation
82 Maynard St
Winder, GA 30680
Phone: (770) 307-3024
Fax: (770) 867-1039

Fort Yargo State Park

210 S. Broad Street
Winder, GA 30680
Phone: (800) 864-7275
Phone: (770) 867-3489
Park Hours: 7am - 10pm
Office: 8am - 5pm

This historical park features one of four log forts or blockhouses built in 1792 by settlers for protection against Creek and Cherokee Indians. Fort Yargo offers 260-acre lake, swimming beach, boat and canoe rentals, picnic areas and miniature golf. Camping and fishing available.

Amenities: Boating Facilities, Cabins, Campground, Credit Cards Accepted, Dumpsite, Fishing, GHTA Member, Handicapped Access, Handicapped Facilities, Lake, Meeting Facilities, Open Sunday, Parking Fee, Pets Allowed, Picnic Shelters/Tables, Playground, Pool - Outdoor, RV Hookups, Senior Discount, Special Events, Tennis Courts, Trails/Hiking

Field Trip Information: Programs offered Wednesday-Friday on colonial history, nature and environmental tours. Project Wild and Learning Tree. The Nature Center highlights native fish and wildlife.
Fees: $1 per student, $2 Parking, school vehicles free.
Reservations: 3-4 Weeks notice.
Phone: 770-867-5313
Phone: 770-867-3489

Will-A-Way Camp & Recreation Area

(770) 867-6123
Within Fort Yargo State Park is Will-A-Way Recreation Area, a facility specifically designed for special-needs, with cottages, a group camp, food service facilities, and picnic and fishing areas.

Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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