Well, we did it! We went YURT camping! And not only did we survive, we loved it. It was nice to unplug for a weekend and get off the grid. We got super lucky with the most perfect spring weather. The boys were totally in their element. And want to know the best surprise of all? The yurts not only had a fan and a lamp…
THE YURTS HAD AIR CONDITIONING!
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to yurt camping and was mentally prepared for basically a tee-pee on a platform! Well I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.
As I mentioned, the yurt exceeded my expectations. It was completely sealed off and I didn’t see a single bug inside for the two nights we were there. There was a locking front door (unlocks with a code), plenty of outlets and even had a lamp. Our yurt had a futon/bunk bed with a double on the bottom and a twin on top. Then there was a separate double bed and a lounge chair that folded flat into a futon. Double check your yurt configuration before you leave because our friend’s yurt had a different configuration. I also brought an air mattress as a back up but didn’t need it. The mattresses are futon style. We brought TONS of bedding wo we would be sure to sleep comfortably.
The Yurts are all on a peninsula and each one is located on the water. We had Yurt 3 and our friends were in Yurt 6- which are right next to each other. Yurt 3 is the most private on the tip of the peninsula and surrounded on three sides with water. Here is a map of the layout.
THE LOCATION || FORT YARGO STATE PARK
Originally I hoped to visit Cloudland Canyon in North Georgia since we have some friends that had a wonderful yurt experience there. But when I looked it was booked as was nearby Sweetwater Creek. As I continued my search I came across Fort Yargo State Park. This park is in Winder, GA between Atlanta and Athens. I had never heard of it (and I went to UGA for four years!) but we went for it since it had availability. The park actually has a historic fort and has been around for a long time, but they recently updated the entrance and welcome center.
This place was super close to Atlanta and the perfect destination! The best part is that it was only 2.5 miles from a Target, Publix, Chickfila, Waffle House, etc…. so if you don’t want to cook all the meals on the campfire- you can have quick outings for meals!
WHAT WE DID
Well, the main thing we did was… camp. Camping is a verb and we definitely did allllll the camp things. From collecting firewood, to making a campfire, to hiking to fishing- we were never bored! It helped that we were with another family and our four kids love playing together so they stayed busy.
ATLANTA YURT GLAMPING || PACKING LIST
Obviously you will need to bring everything you would need for a overnight adventure, but here are a few things not to forget!
- flip flops for shower or late night bathroom run
- tablecloth (each Yurt has a picnic table)
- firepit poker/tools
- firestarters/firewood (the host camper can sell you 10 pieces for $5 if you don’t bring your own or collect from the woods)
- smores fixins
- paper products: plates, paper towels, silverware
- portable speaker
- small fan (the yurt has a fan but we used ours as white noise)
- fishing gear (they sell worms in the outpost)
- rope and clothespins (if you are going to swim or be there in the summer)
- fun extras we want to bring next time- Christmas lights and hammock
- cooking pan/spatula
- grill supplies: charcoal, tongs, etc. (each Yurt has a small grill)
The overall consensus? WINNER! We are already talking about our next Atlanta Yurt Adventure! Which by the way, we need to get on as these fill up fast in the spring and fall.
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