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

A real gem

   July, 2016 by yorgos05

Walking, biking, or running, from the trailhead at the locks down to Lake Olmstead and beyond, this trail is a must visit. read more

Trail with a view

   March, 2016 by harleyfatboy01

It is hard to believe you are only a mile and a half off of I 20 when riding this trail. The trail is nice hard packed red clay and asphalted in some areas. Stop and read the placards and learn the history of the area and be sure to go all the way to ...read more

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