Classic South / Millen

Magnolia Springs State Park

1053 Magnolia Springs Dr.
Millen, GA 30442

478-982-1660 | 800-864-7275
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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 on display in the park's museum.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Site Information

    30 Amp Elec Hookup, Number of Sites

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Stargazers Astronomy

    Stargazers Astronomy

    03/31/2017 - 07/07/2017

    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.

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  • Zombie Archery

    Zombie Archery

    04/01/2017 - 11/25/2017

    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.

    Saturday, April 1, 2017
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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  • Barks in the Park Doggy Hike

    Barks in the Park Doggy Hike

    04/08/2017 - 07/15/2017

    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.

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  • Full Moon Night Hike

    Full Moon Night Hike

    04/11/2017 - 12/03/2017

    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.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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  • Easter Egg Hunt at Magnolia Springs

    Easter Egg Hunt at Magnolia Springs

    04/15/2017 - 04/15/2017

    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.

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  • Earth Day Wilderness Clean-up

    Earth Day Wilderness Clean-up

    04/22/2017 - 04/22/2017

    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.

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  • Nighttime Paddle on Magnolia Springs Lake

    Nighttime Paddle on Magnolia Springs Lake

    05/06/2017 - 07/15/2017

    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.

    Saturday, May 6, 2017 
    7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 
    7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 
    7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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  • Mother's Day Hike

    Mother's Day Hike

    05/14/2017 - 05/14/2017

    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.

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  • Summer Kick Off

    Summer Kick Off

    05/20/2017 - 05/20/2017

    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. 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. 

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  • Memorial Day Hike

    Memorial Day Hike

    05/29/2017 - 05/29/2017

    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.

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  • Camp Lawton Memorial Day Tour

    Camp Lawton Memorial Day Tour

    05/29/2017 - 05/29/2017

    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.

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  • Nature Talk and Hike with the Naturalist

    Nature Talk and Hike with the Naturalist

    06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017

    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.

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  • Father's Day Hike

    Father's Day Hike

    06/18/2017 - 06/18/2017

    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.

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  • Your State Parks Day: Magnolia Springs Clean-up

    Your State Parks Day: Magnolia Springs Clean-up

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    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.

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  • Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton Tour

    Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton Tour

    10/07/2017 - 10/14/2017

    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?

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  • History and Haunts of Camp Lawton Tour

    History and Haunts of Camp Lawton Tour

    10/21/2017 - 10/28/2017

    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.

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