Augusta, Georgia may be best known for the elite Masters® golf tournament, but its location on the Savannah River in Georgia’s Classic South travel region gives residents and visitors plenty of reasons to spend the days outdoors.
One of Augusta’s primary attractions is the Augusta Canal, an outdoor oasis only minutes from the city’s downtown restaurants, shopping and lodging. Whether you hike, bike, paddle, fish, or just float through the waterway’s 170-year history on a guided boat tour, you’ll create memories in Georgia’s first National Heritage Area. Take in views of both the river’s rapids and placid canal waters on the historic towpath – a wide, level, sand-clay surface trail running the 7-mile length of the upper canal into downtown Augusta that was once used by mules to pull canal boats to the canal headgates. Keep your eyes open to spot playful river otters in the canal. Additional trails branch off from the towpath into various wooded and urban areas. Pick up a trail map at the Augusta Canal Discovery Center.
Downtown, enjoy a walk along the Augusta Riverwalk, a two-tiered park that runs for 3 blocks along the banks of the Savannah River. The Riverwalk connects a children’s playground, various gardens, two museums, the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, and several restaurants. It is the preferred way for Augusta families to enjoy the river and get some fresh air.
Walk or peddle along the North Augusta Greenway. The shady trail is like traveling through a tunnel of greenery. Serious mountain bikers will enjoy the Fork Area Trail System (F.A.T.S), a series of loops through a thickly forested area. Hikers are welcome on F.A.T.S as well. There are also 14 miles of 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.