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Near the eastern border of central Georgia is Magnolia Springs State Park. The park is a bit far for a day trip, but is possible, and may make a nice weekend trip. We visited Magnolia Springs State Park on a combined whirlwind state park and national park trip that included 15 Georgia state parks and 3 national parks. As the name suggests, the highlight of the state park is the spring that flows in the park. The spring creates a clear shallow pond filled with a plethora of turtles and a few alligators. A boardwalk stretches over the spring and there are additional trails throughout the park. Additionally, there are remnants of earthen works from a former Civil War prison camp that visitors can explore. There is a small museum in the state park with artifacts from the Civil War to help visitors learn more about the Civil War and what the camp would have been like. The park also offers camping, fishing, biking, kayaking, a splash pad, playgrounds, canoeing, and cottages for visitors to stay in. We visited for a couple hours and walked along the boardwalk and went along the nature trail to explore the scenery. The spring creates a beautiful blue green water that is piercingly clear and has patches of water plants covering the waterway for turtles and alligators to hide in. For those who love turtles, Magnolia Springs is a must visit as there were turtles absolutely everywhere! The water was absolutely beautiful and filled with fun critters. Magnolia Springs was a lovely park that allowed us to learn more about US history and see some nice natural sites.

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