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Magnolia Springs State Park

Magnolia Springs State Park
Type Public
Location Jenkins County, Georgia
Area 1,071 acres (4.33 km2)
Created 1939
Operated by Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Website Magnolia Springs
Magnolia Springs State Park
Location in Georgia
Elevation[1] 54 m (177 ft)

Magnolia Springs State Park is a 1,070-acre (4.33 km²) Bo Ginn Aquarium and Fish Hatchery has been closed since 2010 after a short period of operation by the Jenkins County Development Authority, but had also been closed twice before by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (1997) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (2007).


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
  • Annual events 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Camp Lawton was established during the Civil War in the fall of 1864 by the Confederate Army to house Union prisoners of war. The Magnolia Springs site was selected to take advantage of the abundant water supply. Built by slave labor and a group of Union prisoners of pine timber harvested on site, the walls measured 12 to 15 feet (4.6 m) high. The stockade began receiving the first of at least 10,299 prisoners in early October. The post was abandoned by the end of November when threatened by Sherman’s drive on Savannah.

Research using watercolors by an imprisoned private to locate the site.[3] A fence has been erected to keep people away from the archeological dig, which is near the aquarium.


  • 26 tent/trailer/RV sites
  • 8 cottages - sleep 8-12, depending on unit reserved
  • 3 walk-in tent campsites
  • 3 playgrounds
  • Splash pad
  • 8 picnic shelters
  • Group Lodge - sleeps 16 in bunk beds
  • 2 group shelters
  • pioneer camping
  • Magnolia Springs History Center - interprets history of park including Camp Lawton and the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Annual events

  • Heritage Day - event focusing on history of the park and Jenkins County (November)

See also

  • Camp Lawton (Georgia)


  1. ^ GTOPO30 via GeoNames. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  2. ^ The Society for Georgia Archaeology, "Georgia Southern University begins archaeological investigations at Magnolia Springs State Park", March 22, 2010. Accessed March 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Phil Gast (August 23, 2010). "Undisturbed artifacts will detail lives of Civil War prisoners". CNN. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 

External links

  • Magnolia Springs State Park
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Magnolia Springs State Park
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