Indian Springs State Park - Georgia

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Park Overview

Located off I-75 in middle Georgia, Indian Springs is thought to be the oldest state park in the nation. It was acquired by the state in 1825 and became an official "State Forest Park" in 1927. The Creek Indians used the springs for centuries to heal the sick and impart extra vigor to the well. During the 1800s, the area was a bustling resort town.

Today, visitors can still sample the spring water while enjoying the park’s cottages, camping, swimming, fishing and boating. Many structures within the park, such as the spring house, were built during the Great Depression by members of FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). A museum (hours limited) highlights Creek Indians, the resort era and CCC history. The park's Lake McIntosh is named for the Creek Chief William McIntosh who, in 1825, signed the illegal Treaty of Indian Springs, deeding Indian land to the state of Georgia. He was soon assassinated by his people for treason.

Facilities:

528 Acres - 105 Acre Lake and Swimming Beach (seasonal) - 88 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites - 10 Cottages -- #2 and #6 are dog friendly - 7 Picnic Shelters - Group Shelter (seats 130) - Group Camp (sleeps 130) - Pioneer Campground - 3/4 Mile Nature Trail - Museum (seasonal) - Playground

Activities:

GeoCaching - Boating, ramp, private boats allowed, 10 HP limit - Fishing Boat Rental - Lake Swimming - Miniature Golf

Nearby Attractions:

High Falls State Park - Historic Indian Springs Hotel - Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site - Oconee National Forest - Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge

Address/Directions

Indian Springs State Park - 678 Lake Clark Road - Flovilla , GA 30216

From I-75 southbound, take exit #205 to Jackson; proceed south on Ga. Hwy. 42 to the park. From I-75 northbound, take exit #188; proceed north on Ga. Hwy. 42. Approximately 15 miles from exits.

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