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Winter Wanderings Day #33, Diamond Lakes Regional Park, S Augusta, Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen, George L Smith State Park, Twin City, GA

We left Diamond Lakes under heavy skies. We were hoping it would hold, because we were going to stop to visit Magnolia Spring State Park, to check it out for future camping and get in a hike before going to our next destination, not far from there. We went through some drizzle en route, but were optimistic that we’d be able to get in our hike. Well, of course, as soon as we pulled in and parked by the springs, the heavens opened up, dumping heavy rain. What we saw of the springs, looked pretty. With the nice campground, lake, and trails, it was definitely someplace we will return to camp when heading south again. Great little park!

In the afternoon, we arrived at George L Smith State Park in the rain. This was getting old…As we drove through the park in the van on the way to the camper registration, we saw gorgeous moss covered cypress and tupelo trees in the dark, eery “mill pond lake”, which I would call a swamp. We also, saw the Parrish Mill and Pond, which we looked forward to touring when the weather cleared. Our campsite, #15 was amazing! It was large, wooded, and semi-private, right on the swamp with a tent pad, fire ring, and picnic table at the water’s edge. There were gator warning and swimming prohibited signs everywhere. We certainly would not let the puppies get too close to the edge, because they would, certainly, be gator bait.

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