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 28-acre lake is available for fishing and boating. Overnight guests can choose from cottages and a small campground. Magnolia Springs State Park is part of both the Park Paddlers Club and the Muddy Spokes Club. Paddlers who explore the small lake and bikers who finish a 3-mile loop can work toward earning members-only t-shirts.
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.
Recreation:Natural Spring and Boardwalk Hiking and Bicycling - 5 miles of trails, Muddy Spokes Club Fishing - accessible dock Boating - private boats allowed, ramp, Park Paddlers Club Canoe and Fishing Boat Rental Swimming Pool (fee, annual passes available, seasonal) GeoCaching 3 Playgrounds Picnicking Camp Lawton - Civil War excavation by Georgia Southern and Fish & Wildlife Service Weddings (park approval required)
Facilities:1,070 Acres 8 Cottages ($135-$165, higher during Masters Week) -- #5 is dog friendly ($45 per dog, max 2) 26 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28) 3 Walk-in Campsites ($20) 2 Pioneer Campgrounds ($50) Group Camp (sleeps 106, $275-$550) Group Cottage (sleeps 16, $135, $140from 2015) 8 Picnic Shelters ($35) 2 Group Shelters (seat 40-100, $100-$200) Museum (open by request)
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 Outdoor Recreation Area Historic Augusta, Georgia Historic Savannah, Georgia
Parkpass is required for all vehicles.
ParkPass fees: 1-12 passenger vehicles $5 per day or $50 annual ParkPass;
13 - 30 passenger vehicles $30 per day or $75 annual ParkPass;
31 or more passenger vehicles $70 per day or $250 annual ParkPass;
Georgia active duty military/veterans $3.75 per day or $37.50 annual ParkPass.
ParkPass is available at the park office or by calling (770) 389-7401.
Overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay.
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