Address 1: 678 Lake Clark Road
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 88
Full Hook: Yes
About: 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 parks 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 FDRs 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.
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)
3/4-Mile Nature Trail
Boating ramp, private boats allowed, 10 HP limit
Fishing Boat Rental
Directions: 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.