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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.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
7 a.m.–10 p.m.
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
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 40–100, $55–$225)
Available in the park office
Things To Do & See:
• Natural Spring & Boardwalk
• Hiking & Biking
— 5 miles of trails, Muddy Spokes Club
• 3 Playgrounds
• Splash Pad
• Magnolia Springs History Center — Camp Lawton Civil War excavation by Georgia Southern
& Fish & Wildlife Service
— park approval required
• 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
Magnolia Springs State Park Business Plan