great trails for hikers and bikers at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, a designated Audubon bird area. Glimpse turtles, fish, marsh rabbits, an amazing array of birds, and diverse flora along the swamp’s miles of boardwalks, bridges, and trails.
If you consider yourself to be a water sprite, Augusta has you covered. You can fish for bass, or go boating and water skiing on Clarks Hill Lake, kayak from the Augusta Canal into Lake Olmstead, or go paddleboarding on the Savannah River.
Augusta is known for traditional golf. The Masters® tournament is played here every April at the exclusive Augusta National course. If you want to test your own swing, you’ll find both public and semi-private courses all around the region. Or try The Inside Drive, an indoor golf simulator that replicates the experience of playing at more than 100 golf courses, including Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2 and Torrey Pines.
Serious athletes may already be familiar with Augusta, which hosts North America’s largest Ironman® 70.3 triathlon competition. Consisting of a 1.2-mile down-current swim in the Savannah River, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run through downtown Augusta (70.3 miles of total racing), the Ironman® 70.3 Augusta attracts 3,600 competitors who want to test their stamina against some of the world’s most elite athletes.