If you are history buff or nature lover you must make Indian Springs State Park a top choice for your next RV vacation. Named for its many springs, Indian Springs State Park has a rich cultural history and an abundance of natural beauty waiting to be explored. The park stretches for over 500 acres and features a large 105-acre lake. It is one of the nation's oldest state parks and has attracted visitors from all over for centuries, even before becoming an official park.
The springs were originally used for their homeopathic qualities by the Creek Indians that once inhabited the area. The water in the park is pushed up from inside the earth, collecting minerals on its way to the surface that the Indians, and many people even today, believe to have healing powers. However, after the government acquired the land it quickly became a resort town in the 1800's, before ultimately declining with the Great Depression.
Most of the stone infrastructure that remains in the park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps several years after the area was officially declared a park in 1927. The scenic springs has always been a natural marvel, but with recreational activities for the whole family, there's no denying that now is the best time to visit the park in your RV.
RV Rentals in Indian Springs State Park
Transportation in Indian Springs State Park
No need to drive out to the coast to enjoy this beautiful body of water. Indian Springs State Park is located towards the center of Georgia, right off of I-75, making it easy to find. The roads within the park are a little narrow, but take through almost the entire park. They are paved and in mostly good condition, although some of the turns may be hard to make in a large RV. There is an abundance of parking areas throughout the park, so many people choose to bring an extra car rather than explore on foot. Most of the park facilities are located near each other by the park entrance, so it's easy to park in one of the lots and then get to various destinations on foot, including the park office, stone pavilion, shelters, various trails, and the park museum. The campgrounds are quite far from most of the other facilities, which is why most people choose to get around the park by car and not by bike, but the roads make it easy to reach them. However, that doesn't mean you should leave your bike at home entirely since they can be used on some of the trails.
Campgrounds and parking in Indian Springs State Park
Campsites in Indian Springs State Park
Indian Springs Campground
There are various camping options at Indian Springs State Park, but when it comes to RV camping there are 62 electric sites available for reservations. The campground is very close to McIntosh Lake, giving visitors lakeside views from the comfort of their RV. Each site also features a fire ring, a picnic table, and grill. Shower and laundry stations are centrally located within the campground, as well as restrooms. Pets are allowed at the campsites, but they aren't allowed in all parts of the park, so it may not be the best idea to bring them if you want to explore the park in its entirety.
Five of the sites contain full hook-ups and usually stay pretty booked, so you'll have to reserve them well in advance if you want one. You can reserve sites up to 13 months in advance, which is recommended if you plan on camping on the weekends or during the park's peak months. Most of the sites can accommodate RVs and trailers 50 feet in length, but some can only fit RVs 40 feet long, while others can fit RVs up to 60 feet. There is no minimum length of stay, but there is a max, you cannot reserve a campsite for more than 14 consecutive days.
Indian Springs Campground
None of the sites at this campground are first-come, first-served. Same day reservations are available, but you have to call the park to make them. Without a reservation, there is no guarantee that a site will be available for you.
Seasonal activities in Indian Springs State Park
The park features a little over three miles of trails for biking at Indian Springs State Park. The trails take you throughout the natural landscape of the area and can be a fun way to spend a day with a partner or as a family. Of course, it's also a great form of cardio, but you'll be so distracted by the natural beauty of the area that you'll hardly notice it.
If you're itching to get out on the water during your next RV getaway this is the perfect place. For all you boat enthusiasts a boat ramp and dock are available at the park, so you can set sail on McIntosh Lake. You can bring your own boat, as long as the motor is 10 horsepower less, or rent one from the park. Kayak and aquacycle boats are also available to rent. While sailing you can cast out your line and see what kind of fish are swimming below you. Just be sure to obtain a fishing license first.
Playing Miniature Golf
Want to play a round of mini-golf? Head your rig over to the 18-hole miniature golf course located near the park office. Although you have to pay to use it, it can be an extremely fun way to spend a day. The natural scenery of the park provides the ideal backdrop for a round of golf. And since it's not a full blown golf course, it's suitable for the whole family. The course is the most fun during this summer and spring months when the weather is pleasant, but the striking fall colors of the park make the experience fun nearly year round.
Touring the Museum
The museum within the park is located near the entrance and is the perfect place for visitors to learn about the cultural history of the area. The museum also teaches about the natural history of the park and how the natural pressure powered spring works. The museum is open year round, but isn't open every day and is usually only open first Saturday of each month. So if you want to visit the museum you should go on a Saturday.
Geocaching can be enjoyed year-round by RV families or soloists. In case you didn't know, geocaching is basically a modern day treasure hunting. Caches can either be unique points of interest that may not be on the park map, or physical items that have been hidden. All you need to get started is a GPS enabled device and the coordinates of caches that you can get on the official geocaching website. This is a fun, free way to spend a day at the park. If you visit multiple state parks in Georgia and find a certain number of caches, you can even redeem them for a voucher or a geo-coin.
In addition to the biking trails are within the park, four miles of hiking trails provide the perfect setting for an afternoon of exploring. The trails allow visitors the chance to spend time in the middle of nature, getting fresh air while enjoying the shade provided by the trees. The multi-use trail at the southern end of the lake leads to the Dauset Trails Nature Center, so the adventure can keep going. Remember to leave the trails exactly as you found them, not taking anything or leaving anything behind.