Magnolia Springs State Park is known for its crystal-clear springs flowing 7 to 9 million gallons of water per day and the beautiful boardwalk which spans the cool water. During warmer months, visitors may watch for alligators, turtles and other wildlife near the springs. A 28-acre lake with accessible dock is available for fishing and boating. Numerous picnic shelters and tables are perfect locations for family reunions and birthday parties. Magnolia Springs State Park is part of both the Park Paddlers Club and the Muddy Spokes Club. Paddlers who explore the small lake and bikers who finish the parks 3-mile loop can work toward earning members-only t-shirts. During the Civil War, the site was called Camp Lawton and served as the worlds largest prison. Today, little remains of the prison stockade; however, the earthen breastworks which guarded it may still be seen.

Fun campground for family. They have a boardwalk that goes by a massive spring that has a ton of turtles the kids love to watch and you can see the occasional baby alligator sunning itself. Kids never tire of going and running a long the trails there.

1 year ago

Pretty small area, places to camp including cabins. Trails are small and really family friendly. There are alligators that live in the lake but they stay away when there are people around. Tons of turtles. Fort Lawton was pretty neat, seems to be a relatively new excavated site that they want to make bigger over time. Small fee for parking and the museum was $2 a person. Overall pretty cool if you're a civil war history buff.

2 years ago

3 years ago

Great state park in the middle of nowhere. Lot of hiking trails and a pretty nice walk in tent site. There was a lot of geocaches here and a nice size lake for fishing. Overall, if you plan to come here you must hike some of these trails.

mountain biking
4 years ago


It was a very mild walk not really a hike but they had alligators it that was cool.