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

  • Zombie Archery

    Zombie Archery

    03/11/2017 - 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. This activity is for ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Visitor Center or give us a call to save your spot.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

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

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  • Full Moon Night Hike

    Full Moon Night Hike

    03/12/2017 - 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.

    Sunday, March 12, 2017
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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

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  • Fish Tales: Kids Fishing Workshop

    Fish Tales: Kids Fishing Workshop

    03/25/2017 - 03/25/2017

    Enjoy this exciting event as you learn fishing basics such as fish identification, types of gear used, and different kinds of bait. Then go fishing with a park ranger in Magnolia Springs Lake. Fishing gear is provided. Prizes will be awarded for biggest, smallest, and most fish caught. Limited to 20 participants ages 7 to 15. Meet in group shelter 3.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. Learn about the historic Civil War prison Camp Lawton. Watch exciting black powder demonstrations. Enjoy a walking tour of the grounds encompassing the prison and fort area while sharing ghostly experiences of previous guests. The tour will end in the museum.

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