Scenic USA - Georgia
Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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Indian Springs State Park
Gained by the Treaty of Indian Springs in 1825, the land and several springs continued to serve as a public park. Now considered the oldest park in America, the area officially became a State Forest Park in 1927 and later became one of two founding units of Georgia's State Parks in 1931.
Named for several area springs, the park area was once home to the Creek Indians. Today the park is a popular destination for outdoor recreation and camping. Even though the park is relatively small, its features include Sandy Creek, a waterfall, swimming and boating areas in Lake McIntosh, a small museum, cottages, and 15 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Nearby, the Dauset Trails Nature Center was developed in the 80s primarily as a rehabilitation center for injured animals. Today a half mile trail winds through a wooded area and around a small lake where animals are on display. Exhibits include orphaned birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, geese and farm animals. This nature center creates a great learning experience for youngsters.
It's still common to see visitors coming to the park to fill their containers with spring water. Collected for its medicinal qualities, the main spring was covered with a stone spring house in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The park's museum highlights the CCC period and its history, as well as the area's resort era and the Native American Creek Indians.
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