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.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/MagnoliaSprings

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Splash Pad Season & Hours:

Spring–End of September
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Available for party rentals from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Splash Pad & Picnic Shelter, Weekdays ($85)
Splash Pad & Picnic Shelter, Weekends ($115)

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,070 Acres
• 8 Cottages — #5, 6 and 8 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 26 Campsites
• 3 Walk-In Tent Campsites
• Pioneer Campground
• Group Lodge (sleeps 16)
• 8 Picnic Shelters
• Civil War Museum
• 1 Fishing Dock
• Splash Pad
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 40–100)
wireless connection Available in the park office

Things To Do & See:

• Natural Spring & Boardwalk
• Hiking & Biking — 5 miles of trails, bike rental
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Fishing
• Canoe, Kayak and Aquacycle Rental
• Geocaching
• 3 Playgrounds
• Splash Pad
• Picnicking
• Magnolia Springs History Center ($2) — 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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Events
Stargazers Astronomy
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Apr 28, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, May 12, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
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Gaze at the galaxy, watch for meteors, and observe planets and the moon. We will enjoy the beautiful skies and all the stars above. We will using both our unaided eyes and new Celestron telescope. Bring a lounge chair. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Nature Hike with the Naturalist
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
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Learn about the variety of animals, natural, and man made structures that make up Magnolia Springs State Park. The hiking trails are easy, but good walking shoes are recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Zombie Archery
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
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It seems that 3D zombie targets are hanging out on the archery range. Join a park ranger and help rid the park of these zombies. All equipment is provided, ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Visitor Center or give us a call to save your spot. Limited to 21 participants.  $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Barks in the Park Doggy Hike
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
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Bring your favorite four-legged companion and join a Park Ranger for an easy 1 mile hike on the beautiful Lime Sink Trail at Magnolia Springs State Park. Please remember that your companion must be leashed at all times. Good walking shoes are recommended and we will meet at the Visitor's Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Full Moon Night Hike
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8 PM to 10 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.
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Easter Egg Hunt at Magnolia Springs
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
The Easter Bunny will be visiting Magnolia Springs and leaving lots of eggs for us to find. Bring your basket and help us collect all those colorful eggs. There will be separate hunting areas for ages 2 or less, 3 to 6, and 7 to 12 years of age. Please register in advance. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Earth Day Wilderness Clean-up
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
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. Don't forget to bring some comfortable shoes and work gloves if you have them. 478-982-1660.
Boston Corbett's Camp Lawton Tour
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, May 26, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jun 16, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 PM
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Enjoy touring the prison and fort of the largest Civil War prison, Camp Lawton, with the character of former prisoner, Sgt. Thomas “Boston” Corbett. Learn about Boston’s interesting life as well as the history of the camp. Experience a black powder rifle demonstration and then tour the museum where artifacts found on the property are on display.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Fishing with Blake
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
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Come join our resident angler and Park Naturalist Blake as he teaches you various fishing techniques and tricks guaranteed to help you catch fish in the beautiful lake at Magnolia Springs State Park. Bring your own gear or register in advance and we can provide you with gear to use. A Georgia Fishing license is required for those age 16 and over.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Nighttime Paddle on Magnolia Springs Lake
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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This will be a unique experience to get to paddle on the beautiful lake at Magnolia Springs State Park after hours. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the night from a perspective not everyone gets to see. Please reserve your canoe or kayak and pay in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Mother's Day Hike
Sunday, May 14, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Learn about the variety of animals, natural, and man made structures that make up Magnolia Springs State Park. The hiking trails are easy, but good walking shoes are recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Summer Kick Off
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Activities include archery, bounce house, crafts, geocaching, hiking, black powder demonstrations, and much more. Shop the vendor's treasures, enjoy the splash pad, and play some games. Come out and join the Friends of Magnolia Springs State Park and Jenkins County 4-H Club for the 2nd Annual Summer Kick Off event. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Memorial Day Hike
Monday, May 29, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate Memorial Day with this Ranger led hike around various trails and areas of the park. Learn about the variety of animals, natural, and man made structures that make up Magnolia Springs State Park. The hiking trails are easy, but good walking shoes are recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Camp Lawton Memorial Day Tour
Monday, May 29, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Join us in celebrating Memorial Day with this tour of Historic Camp Lawton. Explore the fort area, museum, and beautiful grounds at Magnolia Springs State Park with the Park Rangers. Learn the unique history of the world's largest Civil War prison.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Nature Talk and Hike with the Naturalist
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Join the Park Naturalist and learn about the different wildlife, trees, and lime sinks located throughout the park. Then enjoy a guided hike along the trails. Hopefully you will be able to recognize something you just learned about.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp: 6-12 year olds
Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
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During this 3 day camp, children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work towards earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities will include nature hikes, archery, geocaching, alligators, fishing, archaeology, the splash pad, and much more. Call or visit the park to register. Space is limited and registration is required.  $40 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Get Outdoors Young Archers
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Learn the safe and proper way to use archery equipment by Park Rangers. This event is designed for children 7 to 16 years of age. All equipment will be provided. Stay after and cool off in the Splash Pad. In honor of "Get Outdoors Month" get out of the house and come out to the Magnolia Springs State Park archery range.  $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Father's Day Hike
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Celebrate Father's Day with this Ranger led hike around various trails and areas of the park. Learn about the variety of animals, natural, and man made structures that make up Magnolia Springs State Park. The hiking trails are easy, but good walking shoes are recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Your State Parks Day: Magnolia Springs Clean-up
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
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. Don't forget some comfortable shoes and work gloves if you have them. 478-982-1660.
Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton Tour
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
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. Will you be amongst those who see a ghostly visitor from the past?  $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
History and Haunts of Camp Lawton Tour
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Come experience an entertaining evening of history, beautiful scenery, and ghostly tales.Watch exciting black powder demonstrations and enjoy a walking tour as you learn about the historic Civil War prison Camp Lawton. Director Ryan McNutt of the Georgia Southern Camp Lawton Archaeological Project will present their latest 2017 findings and news.  $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Address/Directions
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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