Head to the forests of Georgia to find Magnolia Springs State Park, named for the serene flowing water that runs through the woods. Inside the park, you'll also find a peaceful lake, a great number of interesting animals, and a camping facility to boot! Though this beautiful area may fool you, it was once the location of a giant prison during the Civil War. While the history of this event is integral to understanding our past, we are relieved that the park is now dedicated to peaceful ventures.
For those looking to stay in Magnolia Springs State Park, you may choose between primitive campsites, those with electric hookups, and cottages (some of which are doggo-friendly!). Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring, though the tall trees here don't create much privacy between lots. Campsite nightly fees are $20 for a basic tent site, $30 for an electric site, and $40 for the pioneer site, while cottages can range anywhere from $125 to $325. There are also large or regular sized picnic shelters that you may reserve at this facility, and the pricing on these is anywhere from $35 to $225 per day of use. A ParkPass permit is required for all vehicles that enter the premises and costs $5.
You'll be met with all sorts of fun activities in this state park, including hiking with your pooch, geocaching, or trying to become a member of the "Muddy Spokes Club" by attempting the 3-mile mountain biking course. Out on the water, any kind of motorless watercraft is fair game, and rentals for aquacycles, canoes, and kayaks are all available on-site. Both the spring and the lake make for great places to fish, and there is a dock set up especially for those who'd like to cast their lines from shore.
All four-legged campers must stay on a leash during their visit, and owners are asked to clean up any messes their woofer makes. Be aware of posted signs informing you of where canines should and shouldn't be, and abide by these guidelines.
If you'd like to get a dose of civil war history while getting back in touch with nature, Magnolia Springs State Park is a great place to visit.