Magnolia Springs State Park

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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.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

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


Address
1053 Magnolia Springs Drive
Millen, GA 30442
Jenkins County
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Phone
478-982-1660

Full Moon Night Hike
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
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Presenter/Location: Magnolia Springs State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Your State Parks Day - Magnolia Springs
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Magnolia Springs State Park
Your State Parks Day is devoted to making improvements and sprucing up our park. We will be cleaning trails, painting, and organizing. Please bring a friend or family and come out to lend a hand to the Park Rangers and help make your Magnolia Springs State Park beautiful... 478-982-1660.
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Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton Tour
Friday, Sep 30, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
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Presenter/Location: Magnolia Springs State Park
Enjoy a walking lantern tour of the grounds which encompasses the prison and fort areas of the largest Civil War prison, Camp Lawton, while sharing ghostly experiences of previous guests. Our tour will end in the museum where artifacts found on the property are on display...  $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
History and Haunts of Camp Lawton Tour
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
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Presenter/Location: Magnolia Springs State Park
Come experience an entertaining evening of history, beautiful scenery, and ghostly tales. Learn about the historic Civil War prison “Camp Lawton” from Author Dr. John Derden...  $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Camp Lawton History Day
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Magnolia Springs State Park
Explore the museum and grounds of Camp Lawton on this 152th anniversary of the evacuation of the Civil War prison camp. Park Rangers will be available to share the history of the camp. Learn about some of the interesting men who passed through the stockade walls... $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Contacts
Bill Giles
912-264-7333  Site Manager, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

Fred and Cathy Fink
330-831-2202 

Wade Huffman
912-384-7082  Park Manager II, General Coffee State Park