Radium Springs - Albany, GA
Posted by: Lat34North
N 31° 31.542 W 084° 08.163
16R E 771949 N 3491420
Quick Description: Radium Springs is located on Radium Springs Rd near Albany, GA. Radium Springs is the largest natural spring Georgia.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 6/8/2010 6:56:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM90F3
Radium Springs is located on Radium Springs Rd near Albany, GA. Radium Springs is the largest natural spring Georgia.
Radium Springs is best known as the location of one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia": the largest natural spring in the state. The deep blue waters of Radium Springs flow at 70,000 gallons (265,000 liters) per minute and empty into the Flint River. There is also an extensive underwater cavern system.
The water contains trace sources of radium and the temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) year round.
Prior to the discovery of radium in the water in 1925, the site was known as "Blue Springs".
A casino was built overlooking the springs in the 1920s and Radium Springs was a popular spa and resort. Northerners on their way by train to spend winter in Florida often stopped to swim in the springs, which was thought to be healthful because of the radium element. The casino was severely damaged when the river flooded in 1994, and again in 1998, and was demolished in 2003.
Source: Wikipedia - Radium Springs, Georgia
The Radium Springs Walking Trail and Arboretum is located next to the source of the spring. The water flowing from the spring is visible from the Walking Trail and Arboretum. There is free parking and access to the river flowing from the spring here.
There was some construction taking place at the spring source when I visited, but no one was there.