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

  • Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton Tour

    Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton Tour

    09/30/2016 - 10/22/2016

    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

    10/14/2016 - 10/29/2016

    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.

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  • Full Moon Night Hike

    Full Moon Night Hike

    10/16/2016 - 12/13/2016

    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.

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  • Orionids Meteor Shower Dark Sky Canoe Paddle

    Orionids Meteor Shower Dark Sky Canoe Paddle

    10/21/2016 - 10/23/2016

    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.

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  • Outdoor Survival

    Outdoor Survival

    11/19/2016 - 11/20/2016

    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.

    We will meet Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and conduct a series of fun and informative activities throughout the day. That evening, we will ca... read more

  • Camp Lawton History Day

    Camp Lawton History Day

    11/22/2016 - 11/22/2016

    Explore the museum and grounds of Camp Lawton on this 152nd 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.

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