June 8th, 2015
Magnolia Springs is a beautiful state park and was the catalyst for me to take our adventure blogging seriously. I took many macros on the gorgeous nature trails which span 5 miles of the 1,070 acres. There is a boardwalk that crosses over the natural spring which is home to alligators, turtles, and rare vegetation. We spent our only day there hiking over the glorious trails which had some of the most beautiful plants. There was a fallen tree, whose network of roots was visible from the trail, It was incredible.
The hike would not have been as enjoyable or as long if we had forgotten to bring OFF! Deep Woods. The mosquitos were not very aggressive near our tent (possibly due to our citronella candles) but they were horrid near the spring.
After our hike, we almost rode the paddle boats, like we did at General Coffee, but having had a rough, stormy night and the promise of more rain, we packed up and headed north to our next park.
We would probably have stayed at Magnolia Springs and suffered through another terrifying storm if we had not had the MyRadar free app. This allowed us to see the storm, the direction in which it was headed, and its severity. We also always bring our hand crank weather radio in case our phones die.
I would love to return to Magnolia Springs again as this park had much to offer, from three playgrounds, to a splash pad. fishing, canoes, picnic tables, geocaching, and the History Center. (Magnolia Springs was originally “the world’s largest prison” during the civil war and was called Camp Lawton.