Augusta Canal Trail

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This 7.5-mile trail occupies a unique historic and natural setting in the heart of Augusta. Originally constructed in 1845, the waterway itself is the only unbroken, accessible industrial canal in the South. Its textile heritage is preserved in several existing period structures, including ornate Sibley Mill and a Confederate-era parapet. The trail is part of the larger Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, which centers on the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center.

The mostly packed-dirt trail (a section near downtown is paved) runs along a strip of green between the canal and the Savannah River, where small rapids cascade over granite ledges separating the coastal plain from the piedmont plateau. Starting from the outskirts of downtown, the trail passes Sibley Mill, enters a lightly developed neighborhood then really turns on the charm along a tree-canopied segment beyond an I-20 underpass. You would never know you're just a stone's throw from downtown. The shady forest and adjacent cool waterways offer relief in the steamy summer months.

Trailside activities include boat tours of the Savannah River, canoe rentals and mountain biking on trails that parallel the main route. Cross over either bridge at the southern parking areas to continue your stroll. The trail ends at the scenic Savannah Rapids Park.

Parking and Trail Access

From downtown Augusta: Take Broad Street west to Goodrich Street and turn right. Continue just under a mile to a parking lot at the pumping station adjacent to the King and Sibley mills.

Reviews

great trail

   January, 2016 by meadowmermaid

I am fron PA, found this trail while spending 3 months in West Columbia. Great trail.....made me feel like a flatlander....but all in all great scenery, trial had wide girth which I find helpful .....and friendly southern people. read more

Something new

   October, 2014 by linzbaby1

The start of the trail is at a gated entrance. The first 1/4 is a bit rocky and rough gravel. Then, the newest paved section is reached. Very smooth and pretty ride from there. Wonderful job on the construction of the bridges with terraced sections. There ...read more

Mileage.

   October, 2014 by josh.shoemaker.77

I have rode the trail many times over and incorporate the North Augusta Greenway Trail into this ride. I start most times at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and ride into downtown. I then cross in South Carolina and ride the North Augusta Greenway to the ...read more