Magnolia Springs State Park

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

NOTICE: The boat ramp is temporarily closed until further notice due to the construction of our new dock.

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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.

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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Movies Under the Stars
Friday, Jun 23, 2017 9 PM to 11 PM
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 9 PM to 11 PM
Come and join us at Magnolia Springs State Park as we watch a family friendly movie outside under the stars on our new 14 1/2 foot movie screen. It's time to get out of the house. Bring your favorite blanket or lounge chair, kick back and enjoy. Don't forget to bring the kids too! $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Zombie Archery
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
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.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp: 6-12 year olds
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
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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Stargazers Astronomy
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 9 PM to 10 PM
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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Barks in the Park Doggy Hike
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
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.
Fishing with Blake
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
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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Nature Hike with the Naturalist
Saturday, Jul 29, 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.
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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.
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