Magnolia Springs State Park

Magnolia Springs State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 478-982-1660


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Beautiful Magnolia Springs State Park is known for its crystal clear springs flowing 7 million gallons per day. A boardwalk spans the cool water, allowing visitors to look for alligators, turtles and other wildlife near the springs. A small lake is available for fishing. Overnight guests can choose from cottages and a campground. Magnolia Springs State Park is part of the Muddy Spokes Club, encouraging bikers to finish a 3-mile loop and work toward earning a members-only t-shirt.

During the Civil War, this site was called Camp Lawton and served as “the world’s largest prison.” Today, little remains of the prison stockade; however, the earthen breastworks which guarded it may still be seen. During 2010, Georgia Southern University archaeology teams uncovered the stockade wall and numerous personal articles from soldiers. Their discovery has been heralded as one of the most significant finds in recent history. Artifacts are currently on display at the university and at the Camp Lawton museum located at Magnolia Springs State Park.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,070 Acres
• 8 Cottages ($135–$185, higher during Masters Week) — #5 & #6 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 26 Campsites ($26–$30)
• 3 Walk-In Tent Campsites ($20)
• Pioneer Campground ($40)
• Group Lodge (sleeps 16, $225)
• 8 Picnic Shelters ($35)
• 1 Fishing Dock
• Splash Pad — seasonal
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 40–100, $55–$225)
wireless connection Available in the park office

Things To Do & See:

• Natural Spring & Boardwalk
• Hiking & Biking — 5 miles of trails
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Fishing
• Geocaching
• 3 Playgrounds
• Splash Pad
• Picnicking
• Magnolia Springs History Center — Camp Lawton Civil War excavation by Georgia Southern & Fish & Wildlife Service
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Brazell's Creek Golf Course at Gordonia-Alatamaha
George L. Smith State Park
Georgia's Classic South
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
Hamburg State Park
• Historic Augusta, GA
• Historic Savannah, GA

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Full Moon Night Hike
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
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Explore the full moonlit night by using all of your senses while going on a Park Ranger led hike through the wooded trails of Magnolia Springs and Camp Lawton. Listen and look for Whippoorwills, owls, bats, and other creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. This is an easy 1 to 3 mile hike depending on you.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Get Outdoors Georgia
First Day Hike at Magnolia Springs
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
What better way to start out the New Year than a beautiful easy guided hike down our wooded trails through the park and Camp Lawton? Hikers will pass unique lime sinks and then along the lakeside before making the stroll back to the Visitor's Center. You can choose to complete the first 1.5 miles or hike the entire route for a rewarding 3 miles. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Outdoor Archery
Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Develop your inner superhero on the archery range. Join a Park Ranger and learn to loose arrows like Hawkeye or Katniss. All equipment is provided, ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Visitor Center or give us a call to save your spot.  $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Magnolia Springs State Park
1053 Magnolia Springs Drive
Millen, GA 30442
Jenkins County

GPS Coordinates:

N 32.873333 | W -081.961633
Located 5 miles north of Millen on U.S. Highway 25.

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Magnolia Springs State Park
1053 Magnolia Springs Drive
Millen, GA 30442 View Details

Magnolia Springs State Park