Magnolia Springs State Park is a beautiful outdoor haven with a dark past. During the Civil War, the park was home to Camp Lawton or the “world’s largest prison.” Little remains of the original structure. In 2010 archaeologists discovered a former stockade wall and personal items of soldiers. Don’t let its shady history deter your pup; this park has plenty of pawsome places to explore!
Take your furry pal for a walk on the Woodpecker Woods
Nature Trail so they can get a healthy dose of Mother Nature. Follow the
boardwalk as it wanders across the spring then through the woods and marsh. This
area is chock full of wildlife like eels, turtles, fish, and even alligators! Keep
your eyes and ears wide open. Beaver Trail is another furrific option. It runs
through a wetland then into pine and hickory forest where fox, opossum, deer,
and raccoons all find refuge. If your pal prefers history to nature, choose the
Fort Lawton Historic Trail and learn about the old prison. Be sure to always
have some clean up bags on hand and pick up after your canine companion.
Also housed on the grounds is a small lake where you and
your pooch can enjoy an afternoon of fishing. Cast your line and see if you can
pull in a largemouth bass, crappie, or catfish. Canoes and boats are available
to rent if you don’t want to fish from the shore.
The park has over two dozen camp sites that accommodate
tents and RVs, so treat your pooch to a couple nights of sleeping under the stars. Showers and flush toilets help ensure all overnight visitors are happy
campers. If you and your doggo decide to just stay for the day, bring your lunch
and eat in the puptasitic picnic grounds. Your furry friend will agree- a day
at Magnolia Springs State Park is time well spent!