North Augusta Trail has bee extended (July 2011)
A "bike ride - field trip" from Atlanta brought us over to the Augusta GA - North Augusta SC area on 6 and 7 July 2011 to ride this trail and the Augusta Canal Trail with one overnight stay. Arriving about 2 PM, we had no more than unloaded and went a mile or so when the sky rumbled and a typical summertime thunderstorm blossomed up forcing a retreat and reload back at our vehicle. Couple of hours in a motel room and the sun was back out, the heavy rain had brought the temps down and off we went to Riverside Park again.
We headed north up the former Georgia Florida (Central of GA) RR Right of Way and found it to be about a 2% grade but a very easy ride. From the paved trail adjacent to the Savannah River just west of the Georgia Ave / 5th St bridge the elevation change to the new (2011) end at Bergen Road (just north of I-20) is 246 feet over the now about 6+ miles. This trail has a very nice and thick "tree canopy" for most of the areas north of the Riverview Park Recreation Center and not extremely bad south heading toward downtown North Augusta. Although a 250 foot elevation change sounds like a decent climb, the coolness of the shade made this more than easy for a "road", "hybrid" or "trail" bike so give it a try!!
The trail used to stop at Greenway Park on Pisgah Road just west of West Five Notch Road. Not sure of the exact dates, but our ride in the summer of 2011 found the trail has been extended another 0.8 mile northward and stops at a new parking area on Bergen Road just on the north side of I-20. Access to Bergen Road is off of Five Notch Road on the east, just north of the I-20 bridge or from SC 230 (Exit 1) on the west. Bergen parallels the interstate on the north side.
There is now a cyclist controlled crossing signal at the trail crossing at Pisgah Road, so even through a busy street, crossing is not a problem. There is also a convenience store at this point for liquid refreshment if the water fountains along the trail are not enough. As of July 2011, there are NO facilities north of this point so plan ahead.
As others mentioned, although officially the southern (or eastern at that point) terminal of the Greenway is at Riverside Boulevard just east of US-25, there are attached sections of connecting bike paths going south and along the Savannah River. In addition there are lots of residential streets in some new housing adjacent to the river which can also add to your mileage total. We topped out over 12 miles round trip, so not bad for what previously has been listed as a 5 mile Rail Trail. Hope to see you in North Augusta
Dave Wms - Atlanta