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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Orionids Meteor Shower Dark Sky Canoe Paddle
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 to Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 - 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 to Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 10 PM
Join us for a twilight canoe paddle while experiencing Orionids Meteor Shower, which is one of nature's most captivating events. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot and pay in advance. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided or you can bring your own canoe/kayak.  $15 or $5 if you bring your own canoe/kayak. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Introduction to Archery
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Love the great outdoors? Looking for a safe yet challenging sport? Are you eager to channel your inner Katniss Everdeen? Then cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war! Join us for an exciting introduction to archery. Come learn in a safe and supportive environment with friendly, knowledgeable staff.  $10 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton Tour
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 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
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
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. Enjoy a walking lantern tour of the grounds which encompasses the prison and fort areas while sharing ghostly experiences of previous guests. The tour will end in our museum.  $15 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Geocaching 101
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Calling all geocachers and Muggles! Want to know what geocaching is? Here's your chance! Come join us at Magnolia Springs State Park for a Geocaching 101. Already know what geocaching is and want to come assist potential new cachers? Please join us as well! $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Women's Safety Awareness
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 4 PM to 6 PM
Ladies, join us for this former law enforcement led class on how to keep yourself safe while at home, out on the trails, or out and about shopping during the upcoming holiday season. Topics will include self-defense, weapons, theft prevention, and identity fraud. Designed for ages 17 and up, so bring your mothers, daughters, and friends!  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Handicapped Accessible
Full Moon Night Hike
Monday, Nov 14, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
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 2 mile hike depending on you.  $5 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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Outdoor Survival
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 to Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 9 AM
Enjoy camping under the stars while learning fire and shelter building, basic compass and land navigation, water purification, night fishing, archery, hiking and canoeing. This event is not a total immersion survival experience. Rather it is designed to educate people and get them thinking about survival in the event they do become lost in nature.  $40 plus $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Camp Lawton History Day
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
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. While you're here take a peaceful hike on one of our beautiful trails. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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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