Experience Nature in Augusta
Augusta, GA, is not a destination location for outdoor activities, but you don’t have to look hard to find many opportunities to get outside and experience nature. Augusta is a city that runs alongside the Savannah River. The Savannah River forms a natural border separating Georgia from South Carolina, and Augusta offers multiple ways to enjoy it.
You can visit Savannah Rapids Park, and visit the historic Augusta Canal headgates, with buildings dating back to the 1880s. After your visit, be sure to bring your tennis shoes so you can walk, run or cycle alongside one of the multiple trails of the Savannah River Canal. The most prominent path takes you to historic downtown Augusta. There are other entrance points for the Augusta Canal trails include Water Pump Station, at the end of Riverlook Drive; Lake Olmstead, at the end of Milledge Road (this single location gives you access to three trails – River Levee, Towpath, and Mill Village); Mill Village Trailhead, at Grace Street near the Kroc Center; Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill; and Old Turning Basin at 13th Street, near the Walton Rehab Hospital. You’ll often see people in kayaks and canoes on the canal (there are multiple places to rent one if you don’t have your own), and even some groups floating down the canal in inner tubes.
Located near the Augusta Regional Airport, Phinzy Swamp & Nature Park contains more than 1,100 acres in the park, and the swamp is estimated to encompass more than 7000 acres. There are multiple points of interest at Phinzy Swamp & Nature Park in Augusta, including the Beaver Dam Trial, the Bridge Through the Woods, Floodplain Boardwalk and Observation Deck, Mayor’s Fishin’ Hole – one of the popular Augusta fishing spots (fishing license is required), Pfizer Pavilion, Pond Trail, Rain Garden Deck & Boardwalk – where you are likely to spot a multiple species of turtles and waterfowl, Wetland Cells, and the Windshear Tower. You may not be able to cover all of these elements in one days, so Phinzy Swamp & Nature Park is an Augusta location you’ll want to visit again and again with your family.
Don’t forget – Augusta is home to the internationally acclaimed Masters Tournament, hosted by at Augusta National in April. Augusta National is not a public golf course, but after you take a drive through the surrounding grounds (Augusta National is known much in part to the beauty of its grounds), you can play golf at one of the Augusta area’s public golf courses, including Augusta Country Club, Forest Hill Golf course, Jones Creek Golf Club, West Lake Country Club, to name a few.
Many people are surprised to find all that Augusta has to offer outside. But, if you don’t consider yourself and “outdoors person” and you prefer to explore Augusta by foot, with the convenience of local restaurants, shops and businesses nearby (and air conditioning!), consider a visit to downtown Augusta or Surrey Center.
Don’t forget – since Augusta is in the South, be certain to dress appropriately for any outdoor activities – especially in the hot Augusta summers – including weather-appropriate clothing that breathes well in heat and humidity. You’ll also want to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water.