Indian Springs is one of the oldest state parks in the United States, and it’s just up the road from Macon.
The spring water has been popular for centuries, first among the Creek Indians, who collected the spring water for its healing qualities, and then, during the 1800s, the area became a resort town.
Today, visitors can still sample the spring water flowing inside the stone Spring House built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
“Our claim to fame is definitely the sulfur springs, which is a natural spring,” said Katherine Darsey, assistant park manager. “People believed -- and still believe -- that it has medicinal properties. People collect gallons of water on a daily basis.”
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Although the lake will be drained in September to allow for repairs to the gate valve, and will likely stay drained through February, there are many other activities available to guests.
There is a 3/4-mile nature trail for hiking, a 3.25 mile multi-purpose trail for hiking and biking, which links to Dauset Trails Nature Center, miniature golf (which does have a fee associated with it), geocaching and a playground.
“We do have 60 camp sites and 10 cottages where people can stay for the weekend,” Darsey said. “We are running a special for the month of August. Our specials will be posted on the park website and the Facebook page. Some of our cottages were renovated this year. We also have plenty of picnic areas and we are pet friendly, although dogs are required to be on leashes.”
The Indian Springs State Park Museum is open the first Saturday of each month from 2-4 p.m.
“It showcases the history of the park,” Darsey said. “It shows the history of the Creek Indian Nation and the history of the park itself.”
The park has several special upcoming events, including the sixth annual Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo for kids ages 15 and younger on Aug. 15.
“They can bring fishing poles and tackle. We’ll provide the bait and teach them about responsible fishing. There will be prizes, as well,” she said.
Other upcoming events include a Volunteer Day on Sept. 26.
“We will be planting a pollinator garden to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators to the park. The garden will also function as a teaching tool for future park programs. We will be planning programs to explain why this is such an important feature for our environment,” she said.
On Oct. 10, the park is hosting an old fashioned Sock Hop in the Stone Pavilion featuring music, dancing and refreshments.
On Nov. 28, Santa Claus will be visiting Indian Springs State Park. Children can enjoy stories, reindeer games, crafts, cookies and hot chocolate.
For more information about the park and a schedule of park events and activities, visit www.gastateparks.org/indiansprings.
Indian Springs State Park
When: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Where: 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla
Cost: $5 per car parking