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.

A little bit of history and a wonderful nature hike! I didn’t think I would see so much here, beautiful little park. I saw it. woodpecker in the first 10 minutes of being here. Then there were alligators, turtles and fish swimming in the spring. Also saw a snake, anoles, heard and saw several types of song birds, an osprey, and a hawk. Wildflowers and trees were in bloom. The trails had a lot of tree roots sticking up, so watch for them. Overall the trails were real easy to navigate. Only one hill to go up, flat or sloping most of the rest of the hike. Bikers do use the Lime Sink Trail. Hardly anyone on the trails, made for a very peaceful hike!

walking
5 months ago

Excellent for a walk

walking
5 months ago

Good trail to walk

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Awesome hiking spot my daughter and I enjoyed the magnolia loop trail. The springs are beautiful abundance of wildlife

Monday, April 03, 2017

Great photo opportunities! Lots of wildlife, alligators, snakes, turtles, birds! The wooden boardwalk and wooden bridge allows for more beautiful photo opps. The trail was easy. The camp grounds look nice. Canoeing, kayaking, and biking available also. I would definitely plan a camping trip here.

camping
Saturday, October 24, 2015

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 08, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

awesome!

walking
Friday, July 08, 2011

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

walking
Friday, January 30, 2015