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  • Magnolia Springs State Park, GA


    Magnolia Springs SP features a 7-mllion gallon/day spring, an aquarium, remains of Fort Lawton, as well as a 26-site campground. The park is located on US-25 south of Augusta near the village of Millen.


    There weren't many folks here at the time of early December visit, so we had no problem finding a site. In fact, we got what we thought was the best of the 26 sites: 16; it's sunny and offers a pleasant view of the lake.

    Date of visit: Dec 2008

    This gives you an idea of how close our site was to the lake. The park has rowboats and canoes for rent.

    Site 15 is on the left; the RV in the distance is on site 24.

    This is site 1. It also has a nice view of the lake, although it's across the road.

    There are 6 pull-through sites. This shows one of them, site 6.

    Site 20 is located in the center of the campground loop.

    Site 21 is a large, pleasant pull-through site.

    Here is site 11, with 10 and 9 in the distance.

    The bathhouse is located in the center of the camp loop. It offers free hot showers, is heated, and has a washer and dryer ($.75 a load).

    This is Magnolia Spring. Water gushes out at 72 degrees.

    Another view of the spring - note the alligator on the right enjoying the afternoon sun.

    Near the spring is the Bo Gill Aquarium. On display in over 24 tanks are many various fresh water fish. Admission is free with park entrance fee.

    Located on park grounds are the remains of Fort Lawton, the largest prison in the world at the time of the Civil War. It covered 42 acres stockade, inside of which was a hospital, barracks, fortifications, cooking and sanitary facilities. At least 10,229 prisoners were received there. It was built in August of 1864 to replace the Andersonville Prison. Only three months later the prison was evacuated in advance of Gen Sherman's March to the Sea.

    At an information kiosk are a number of pictures of the fort.

    Near the park office is a large swimming pool. Nearby are a number of picnic pavilions and a large playground for the kids.

    Right in front of our site is the beginning of a trail that goes along the shore of the lake to the far end.

    Out at the end of the trail is this observation platform, overlooking a swampy area teeming with birds...

    ...such as this white heron.


    Dump station available

    W/E(30A) hookups

    Verizon Broadband Access service

    Rates: $23 (20% off for Seniors over 62)

    $3 Park Pass required for each vehicle

    Coord: 32.87353 N, 81.96139 W

    Nearby Attractions

    Magnolia Spring

    Fort Lawton

    Bo Gill Freshwater Aquarium

    Augusta Riverwalk & Museums