Jay Bird Spings, Dodge County

Jay Bird Springs Motel Gum Swamp Dodge County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Jay Bird Springs has been a well-known recreation area since about 1907, when Georgia’s first public swimming pool was built utilizing the waters of a natural spring emanating in the adjacent Gum Swamp (Little Ocmulgee River). The water is thought to have healing qualities and has had thousands of devotees over the past century. It was so famous that it was delivered to homes and businesses throughout the region in the earliest years of the operation. The motel and welcome center seen above and the miniature golf course below are all I was able to photograph, as the facility is now a spiritually-based rehabilitation center and the residents were conducting Sunday services near the pool area. Even though the gentleman I spoke to said I could take a few quick shots, I declined out of respect. I do hope to get back at some time and get a few more shots.

Jay Bird Springs Miniature Golf Course Squirrel Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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12 responses to “Jay Bird Spings, Dodge County

  1. Glenda Taft white

    Remember going there at a very young age…My most memory’s of Jay bird was the pool and skating rink…And it seems like they had a disco dance place there as well..

  2. Cynthia Cadwell Sanders

    I used to love skating, bowling, and swimming there–especially skating. We also attended family reunions there. The pool (spring) water was really cold! We went frequently and I will always remember Jaybird Springs! Cynthia Cadwell Sanders

  3. BRENDA JACKSON

    I GREW UP IN CHAUNCEY SPENT LOT OF TIME AT JAYBIRD GOOD MEMORIES

  4. Shirley White Willis

    I went skating there when I was in School in Chester Ga. But I also went to Dodge county School good times at Jay Bird.

  5. Jesse M. Bookhardt

    Brian,
    Georgia has many “jewels” and Jay Bird Spring is one that provided much happiness to a generation of South Georgia folk back in the 1950s. Though I only visited there a few times, I remember the place well. On occasions, a class group from my Excelsior Elementary school in Jeff Davis County would schedule a day field trip to the Spring. The water was so cold until many shivered after a twenty minute swim or less.
    The skating rink was where lots of rural kids learned to skate. In the area, skating on side walks was not that common. Farm kids found it impossible to skate out in the country, for sandy roads without side walks offered impossible conditions for the activity.
    It is sad that the place is no longer available to the public as a recreation site, but I am happy that it is being used for a worthy purpose and is not being allowed to vanish.

  6. Teresa Crapps

    I sure miss the good Ole days of softball skating swimming and hanging out with other families

  7. Lila Wilkes Bryan

    My grandfather,N. C. WILKES LIVED on the road to Jay Bird Springs and we could go skating and go swimming there in the 40’s.. Slept on corn shuck mattresses.. Many memories!!!!

  8. Darlene Daniel

    Way, way back in the day, my brother, Alfred Simmons, was a skater that everyone came to watch. I was just a little girl, but I loved for him to pick me up and skate with me. My sister skated with him too. Wonderful memories!

    • Carol S.

      I don’t know when your brother skated there, but when I was a child (in the 1960s), we would go there for our family reunions. I remember there was an older gentleman who would skate there and we loved to watch him. He was an awesome skater and would put on quite a show for us. I wonder if that might have been your brother?

  9. Brenda Crawford

    I used to go skating at Jaybird every Sunday night. I had many good times the

  10. Johnny Davis

    I was born in Chauncey Ga in 1962,,,in my early years and teen years i visited Jay Bird springs frequently,,it was my get away ,,my haven ,as well as a lot of my friends and classmates…That pool ,that water ,the whole surrounding was great,,The old train is gone now and i dont know about the nature trail.Nothing but good memories of this place.

  11. Jimmie Batchelor

    I did stop years ago before it became what it is now. Took some pictures of the pool I swan in many times as a child. Later, I remember dancing in a building with a juke box near bowling lanes. Skated in the skating rink, played miniature golf (I still have the scorecard from that date, I married him).
    Jimmie Batchelor

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