I’ve long been an advocate of our state parks, and every year, never miss a renewal for our family pass. Magnolia Springs is one of the reasons why.
Having spent all day yesterday bouncing around WMAs in SC, we still had a hankering to see more gators. We thought we could find some at a WMA in Sylvania, but no luck at Tuckahoe. So we went with our old faithful for a Sunday afternoon.
Magnolia Springs is incredibly child-friendly. My Doodle can run mostly wide-open without disrupting anyone. There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen, from gators and turtles to wood storks and other waterfowl. There are several trails to hike, all fairly easy (for kids and parents). My Doodle also gives a very high rating for the playground, and we love to hit up the swimming pool during the summer (just $5 an adult, I think). History buffs (and those wanting to share a little with their children) can check out the Camp Lawton site, which served as the largest prison during the Civil War.
If you want to camp, there are beautiful sites for tents and popups/RVs, and even the cottages are gorgeous. If you plan to make a day trip, pack a picnic or grab something on the go from the fast food places along the way – there is a cafe in town by the old train depot, but we weren’t impressed with the food the one time we ate there and every time since, it was closed.
Location: 1053 Magnolia Springs Rd, Millen, GA 30442
Fees: $5 per car or Georgia State Parks pass
Date of Visit: March 9, 2014
Bonus stop: Oliver Bridge WMA in Oliver, GA