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Magnolia Springs State Park

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Hidden : 5/8/2010
In Georgia, United States
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Magnolia Springs State Park

Cache information:

Steward: localbiz
Park: Magnolia Springs State Park
Cache type: Multi
Coordinates: N 32º 52.473 W 081º 57.474
Difficulty: 3
Terrain: 2
Cache Description:

On the grounds of Magnolia Springs is the site of a former Civil War prison camp. Camp Lawton was a log stockade, with guard towers on the walls, and a ditch dug within the walls for a deadline. On high ground surrounding the prison, three earthen forts were excavated and armed with cannon to prevent escape and guard from attacks. One of the reasons the prison was located here was the large, pure spring, which could supply ample water to the prisoners; and the second reason involved the Augusta Railroad, located one mile from the camp. If the camp was threatened, prisoners could be loaded on trains and moved north to Augusta or south to Savannah, and to other points from there. At its peak, there were over 10,000 prisoners here.

Hopefully this cache will help you learn a little more about the history of the fort. This cache will take you around the fort’s earthen breastworks. Please stay on the marked trail and do not climb on the mounds or breastworks themselves. No major bushwhacking needed.


To figure out the final location of this cache, please answer the following questions. Answers are available on the Camp Lawton Kiosk, which are located at the posted coordinates.

1. What day in December did Sherman arrive in Millen?
2. Complete this sentence: “First was _______________” (number of letters of this city name)
3. What was the middle name of the man who drew sketches of the camp? (number of letters of his name)
4. What was the mortality rate (%) for confederate prisoners?
5. In August of 18___ Camp Lawton came into existence.

A = (#4 x 2) + 1
B = #1
C = #2 + #3 + #5
D = (#5 + #2) – 20
E = #3 x 2

Final Coordinates: N A 52.B92 W 0C D.5E1

Park: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Recommended for Kids
Stealth Required


Parking Fee:

Camping Available
Parking Available
Picnic Tables Nearby
Public Restrooms Nearby
Drinking Water Nearby

Georgia State Parks GeoTour:

Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game similar to a treasure hunt played with a GPS device. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, take a trinket from the cache, leave something of greater or equal value in return for the next person and then share your experiences online. There are over a million active geocaches around the world and now with the Georgia State Parks GeoTour you can “Get Out. Get Dirty. Get Fit.“ and go geocaching in Georgia state parks.

Steps to the Georgia State Parks GeoTour:

1. Obtain a Georgia State Park GeoTour PassPort from any park or historic site or download a PDF from

2. Go to create a log-in and find the GPS coordinates and more information for the Georgia State Parks GeoTour locations.

3. Start your search and locate one or all caches using a hand-held GPS unit. The cache containers are sealed ammo boxes labeled as a Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites geocache. Caches are located in 42 Georgia state parks and state historic parks.

4. When you find a GeoTour cache, log your name and any comments on the logbook inside the cache and stamp your PassPort grid sheet with the unique stamp for that specific park.

5. Be sure to follow the Leave No Trace guidelines –

6. Follow the Traveling Gophers. There are 58 Georgia State Park & Historic Sites TravelBugs® moving around the country. Click here to see where the travel gopher for this park is now. Be on the lookout for them and help them get to a new destination.

7. If you’re quick, there is a “First-to-Find” special prize.

8. Find one of the “endangered” gopher stuffed toys in 10 of the caches and it’s yours to keep and protect.

9. Complete specific numbers of caches to get a custom Geo-Coin. Bring your stamped PassPort into the park’s Visitor Center and receive a voucher for your coin.

With 15 completed caches you are eligible for a bronze level coin
With 30 completed caches you are eligible for a silver level coin
With 40 completed caches you are eligible for a gold level coin
Bonus Caches:
Once you find the caches for the custom geo-coins you are also eligible for a bonus cache at each level. These caches are more challenging and not required to complete the GeoTour or receive your coins. Click on the links below to access the bonus cache pages:

Bronze Bonus Cache page

Silver Bonus Cache page

Gold Bonus Cache page

State Parks Information:

For informantion on GA Parks Geocaching:

Park: (478) 982-1660

Lodges/Cabins/Yurts/Camp Reservations: (800) 864-7275

Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the Georgia Geocaching Association and member localbiz, Volunteer Steward of Magnolia Springs State Park.
Disclaimer to New Geocachers:
Please join us in playing! All are welcome who observe and obey the rules. Please do not move or vandalize the container. Replace the cache like or better than you found it and when you leave, and make sure the cache is completely covered. Please do not remove the rubber stamp from the ammo can, this is a essential game piece for cachers accepting the GeoTour. The real treasure is just finding the container and sharing your thoughts with everyone who finds it. Pick up a GeoTour Passport at any Park Visitor Center.
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Last Updated: on 10/21/2017 12:28:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:28 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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