Located off I-75 in middle Georgia, Indian Springs is thought to be the oldest state park in the nation. It was acquired by the state in 1825 and became an official "State Forest Park" in 1927. The Creek Indians used the springs for centuries to heal the sick and impart extra vigor to the well. During the 1800s, the area was a bustling resort town. Today, visitors can still sample the spring water while enjoying the parks cottages, camping, swimming, fishing and boating. Many structures within the park, such as the spring house, were built during the Great Depression by members of FDRs Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). A museum (hours limited) highlights Creek Indians, the resort era and CCC history. The park's Lake McIntosh is named for the Creek Chief William McIntosh who, in 1825, signed the illegal Treaty of Indian Springs, deeding Indian land to the state of Georgia. He was soon assassinated by his people for treason.

21 days ago

Easy to follow trail. Nice views of the lake. Watch out for all the mountain bikers.

Nice wide trail. Nice bridges. We saw dear and hawks. We followed the shorter green path. Had to guess which way to go a couple of times but it wasn’t a big deal. There was a stream part of the way.

This trail is brutal for overweight older people. Great hike and it’s NOT 5.9 Miles there and back. More like 7.5. Even the Indian Springs trail map says 3.5 miles one way. Be prepared. I drank almost 4l of water.

mountain biking
3 months ago

This trail is fun to ride with technical ascends. The only problem with this trail is it can be very easy to become lost due to the fact that the trail at certain spots is not marked well. Overall this is a good trail.

very nice trail, the signage was a little confusing. I would definitely go again.

Very nice hike. You stay along the lake most of the hike.

beautiful day, trails pretty level, think more for biking, got confused on which way to go, but all in all got steps in and had a good dinner at Buckners!

Great trail by the water for a bit.

Beautiful hike along a lake with many hills.

Great trail. Tons of single track for mountain bike game.

trail running
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great trail for hiking, biking and running.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nice shaded trail, easy to follow (even if it isn't marked well). There is a spot where you can get to the creek, it's a very quiet peaceful spot.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

mountain biking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Awesome bike trails, a bit rooty in areas but overall fun trails to ride!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful trail along the lake. Mile markers to keep you on track and the half way point being Dauset Nature center was such a treat. Wish we left earlier so we have enjoyed walking around Dauset more before the three miles back.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Absolutely beautiful park. Went 1, 2, 10, 9, 8, 17, 12, 18, 19 to 20. Hikes 6.2 miles in 2h 52m. Exhausted by the end, but felt great. Can't wait to build up stamina and hike further.
Can't wait to hike this park again.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Many more extra trails make for potentially 20+ miles in all.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Took my 3 kids and had a great time

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You can avoid parking fees for the park by parking at the trail head in the field and walking to the state park.

mountain biking
Monday, January 02, 2017

l love these trails but they are very confusing and it is easy to get lost. It is lacking adequate signage. Even though I am some what familiar with the trails after being there many times it is still so easy to get lost.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Great 7 mile hike this morning. Would have given five stars except signage is lacking. Glad I have AllTrails installed on my iPhone. Will be back.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

We moved to the area recently from North GA, felt just like up there hardly and people on a Sat afternoon. If you want a longer hike- keep going to the nature center. There is water, restrooms, and an awesome "zoo" to walk. Our total distance was 8.2 miles with 410 elevation gain out and back. It is well shaded the whole way. This will be our new weekend hike!

trail running
Friday, August 19, 2016

Great trails
Only one out here early on a Friday

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Trail status update 2016-08-07. Large oak down on huff-n-puff near marker 21. Turkey is washed out on places. Other trails in good shape.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Rode the Green course with my wife and 11 year old son. Great track for beginners. both my wife and son did well. a few slightly technical sections, but overall easy ride.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nice and hilly. A little unkept in certain areas. Really pretty views of the lake from the trail.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Awesome Trails! Not a lot of traffic for a Saturday morning. Definitely could be marked better.

Monday, July 11, 2016

This trail is a lot longer than .8 miles. After 3.4 miles it connects with Dauset Trails. At that point you can turn around and head back to your vehicle or continue and come out eventually at the Dauset trail head. Beautiful trail, well marked. Park in the field before the first entrance to the park for the trail head. Entrance is at the tree line.

Friday, July 08, 2016

I'm not sure why the description above says it is a 0.8 mile out and back trail. Maybe that is old information or maybe they are only referring to the section within the park boundaries. In truth This is a 3.5 mile hiking and biking trial that connects to the trail system at Dauset Trails. It is a very nice ride and an relatively easy family-friendly hike. There are beautiful lake views with some very nice bridges. If hiking I might suggest leaving one vehicle at Indian Springs and one at Dauset Trails, but of course, that won't work if you are by yourself. Besides, on the trip back you will notice a lot of things you missed on the trip out, and seven easy miles aren't that great a challenge, but are well worth it.

mountain biking
Friday, July 08, 2016

This is one of my favorite mountain bike trails. It is located in the "Fall Line" region of Georgia where the Piedmont Plateau gives way to the Coastal Plain. Very little of it is beyond the intermediate level but it is all great fun. The Indian Springs State Park connecting trail has some fun extended down hill sections often skirting some scenic ravines and with some very nice lake views. I also understand that Dauset Trails has acquired an additional tract of land and that there are plans for expansion of the trial system in the near future.

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