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.

Beautiful lakeside trails with lots of nature. It's well marked and signage makes it easy to track your progress through the trail. There are some uphill climbs which can be a bit rough at times. All in all a very pretty trail with some great views.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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.

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

Great trail by the water for a bit.

Beautiful hike along a lake with many hills.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Took my 3 kids and had a great time

walking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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
Monday, May 16, 2016

Awesome trail, fast and flows well, gets the heart pumping to go back, love it my home trail.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Great hardwood forest trail.

scenic driving
Friday, December 13, 2013

Visited some family RVing down at Indian Springs for the day. Great campsites, and not nearly as hot as I expected it to be. It was beautiful and shady, and our site 81 is directly on a decent sized lake. They have a neat little civil war era cemetery, a playground and put-put course for the kids, and hiking trails. Also, downtown Flovilla is nearby. I use the term downtown loosely because it is really a quaint village with cute shoppes that are nice to walk through. We usually head to the mountains to camp, but it was nice to see this park within an hour of the city.

hiking
Saturday, April 13, 2013

This trail starts at the state park and connects with Daucet Trail. It's about 8 miles there and back. Gorgeous views along the lake. It said that it was primarily for biking, but I didn't see any bikes - just hikers.

hiking
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Indian Spring was a good hike for the dog once we distanced ourselves from the more populated loop trail. The loop was good, too, though. This park has an interesting history.

hiking
Sunday, November 11, 2012

Very short loop trail.

hiking
23 days ago

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