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Tugaloo State Park
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1763 Tugaloo State Park Road
Lavonia, Georgia   30553

Phone: 706-356-4362
Reservations: 800-864-7275
Situated on a wooded peninsula, Tugaloo?s cottages and most campsites offer spectacular views of 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell in every direction. Some cottages even have private boat docks for overnight guests. Tent campers can choose between the developed campground or primitive campsites located a short walk from the parking area. Fishing is excellent year-round, and large-mouth bass are plentiful. During summer, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, water skiing, sailing and boating. Both the Sassafras and Muscadine trails wind through oak, walnut, mulberry and cherry trees. The name ?Tugaloo? comes from an Indian name for the river which once flowed freely prior to the construction of Hartwell Dam.
1. Tugaloo State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming in Lake Hartwell.
2. Swimming is permitted during daylight hours only, with no lifeguard on duty.
3. Visitors can also swim from boats anchored offshore within the park boundaries.
4. Personal flotation devices are recommended while swimming due to varying water depths and conditions.
5. The lake's clear waters make it ideal for snorkeling as well as casual swims or dips.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. It features two boat ramps, providing easy access to the 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell which is popular for water skiing and fishing. Paddle boats are available for rental if you prefer something more leisurely or don't have your own vessel. Canoes and kayaks can also be rented from May through September.
Located in Georgia, this park offers fishing opportunities on Lake Hartwell. Species include largemouth bass, crappie and catfish. Fishing from the shoreline or a boat is permitted. The lake also hosts various fishing tournaments throughout the year.

Tugaloo State Park offers numerous picnic spots with grills, tables and scenic views. Some sites are near the lakefront.
Biking enthusiasts can enjoy the 4-mile loop trail, but be aware it's moderately challenging with some steep sections.

The terrain is mixed and includes both paved roads and dirt paths.

Ensure you have a good level of fitness before attempting this ride due to its difficulty level.

Mountain bikes are recommended for tackling the rougher parts of the trails here.

Always wear appropriate safety gear such as helmets when biking in these areas.

Be mindful that wildlife sightings are common so proceed cautiously while riding through wooded regions.

Remember to follow all park rules regarding cycling, including staying on designated bike routes only.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting diverse species like herons, ospreys and eagles. Trails offer prime viewing spots.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 7 rhe greatest park by ellen
park review stars; one to five we have been going to tugloo for over 30 years hope to be going for 30 more years
May 11 Home away from home by Teresa
park review stars; one to five We were looking for a place to camp, that had great fishing. We got that and more. The facility was very clean. We will be staying again in the near future
May 1 one of my favorite parks by kyle
park review stars; one to five I love this park, this is the first place my family camped at and we have been camping since me and my sister were born. And we are 24 and 28 years old. And this weekend im going again. Its were I first learned to ride my bike, were i cought my first fish. I love that place!!
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Take I-85 exit #173 north on Georgia 17; follow park signs to Gerrard Road, turn right. Go 1.5 miles to Ga. Hwy. 328 and turn left. Proceed 3.3 miles to park; entrance on right.

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