Explore the most popular trails in Indian Springs State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Nice trail. Very easy. Not much elevation.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet hike. Small, but clean GA State Park with a great picnic area, camp grounds, playground as well as a pavilion and event facilities. Visitor center with museum.

nice trail. has some steep inclines but fairly level hike. hot but it was mostly shaded. trailhead not in state park but next to it.

this is a nice trail. if your like us and looking for the trail head it's all the way to the left of the big field right before u get to the first entrance to the park. I'd recommend parking in the field. we parked in the parking lot and after 7 miles were wishing the truck was closer lol I like how there are hills to get your heart pumping and flat places to even you back out. the bridges are beautiful and most of the trail you can see the lake. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
7 months ago

Indian springs was a lovely walk through the woods. I Did not find any trash on the trails, only a few pieces near the picnic areas. I surprised a doe, saw a hawk spread its wings, and a tiny chipmunk cross my path. The hills were not too challenging, and it was very peaceful. 5 thumbs up.

One of my favorite trails for an easy Sunday afternoon walk! It goes along the creek, which is great for kids to play in, trail is great for small kids even. The trail starts and ends in a big grassy picnic area right next to the creek.

Nice trail, actual about 6.7 miles out and back. Hike is mostly along the lakeshore and has a couple of up hill climbs but nothing too strenuous. Came on a Thursday morning and had the train to myself. Did see some deer, ducks, lots of turtles and a stork. Will definitely do again.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. A lot of roots and rocks thru out majority of trail.

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
Wed Jun 27 2018

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
Tue 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.

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.

Took my 3 kids and had a great time

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

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!

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

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
Fri Jul 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
Mon May 16 2016

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

Great hardwood forest trail.

scenic driving
Fri Dec 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
Sat Apr 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.

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.

Very short loop trail.

nature trips
4 days ago

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