If you’re visiting Augusta, you can’t miss a stop at Savannah Rapids Park. It’s breathtaking, with so much to do!
Read on for more information about one of Georgia’s best kept secrets.
HERE ARE FIVE REASONS TO VISIT
KAYAK THE CANAL
Kayaking is a fun way to explore the Augusta Canal. Kayak rentals are available (single or double) right on the canal at the park. They get very busy on the weekends, so reservations are recommended, but walk ups are welcome. The staff will provide a life jacket and kayak, and then send you off. A couple of hours later, when you arrive at Lake Olmstead, they will pick you up, gather your equipment and shuttle you back to your car. The canal is great from all skill levels, and perfect for families.
The Bicycle Peddler offers bike rental, repair and sales. Kids not ride yet? No problemo. They have trailers also!!
Hikers, cyclists and runners regularly head for the Augusta Canal’s wide, level towpath, once used by mules to pull canal boats to the Canal headgates. Additional trails into wooded and urban areas add variety to the outdoor experience.
And talk about the view as you’re riding between the Savannah River and Augusta Canal, running parallel.
HIKE THE HERITAGE AREA
Take a stroll between the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, on the Augusta Canal Trail. It’s 7.5 miles (15 miles round trip – though you can turn around any time,) with a gorgeous natural and historic setting. If you walk the entire length of the trail you will end on the outskirts of Downtown, so you can stop for a breather – or a beer – before heading back.
PICNIC BY THE WATERFALL
From the parking lot, or just over the pedestrian bridge from the hiking trail, you’ll see Reed Creek Falls. Sit along the banks, listening to the water rushing past. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery – let the kids play on the nearby playground – and let the time pass with ease.
EXPLORE THE HEADGATES
In 1845 the first water flowed through the Augusta canal headgates into the first level of the canal. The second and thrid levels were completed in 1848. In 1875 the enlargement was complete leaving the canal in the state it is today. At the headgates you can see the historic building and the gorgeous rapids of the Savannah River. There are even love locks on the gates, reminding me of Paris!
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR GEORGIA VISIT
- YOUR GEORGIA VACATION
- AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: A WEEKEND ITINERARY
- AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA: 10+ SENSATIONAL THINGS TO DO IN AIKEN
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