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The North Augusta Greeneway follows an abandoned right-of-way of the former Central of Georgia Railway (later the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia). The trail meanders almost seven miles through the riverfront community of North Augusta. It climbs only 200 feet or so over its course from the River Golf Club on the Savannah River through residential neighborhoods and wooded alcoves to its new northern terminus at Bergen Road, just north of I-20. Despite the dense suburban setting, a careful trail design engenders a surprisingly natural environment.
Buffering much of the route is a 100-foot-wide, wooded right-of-way that provides habitat for native birds, deer and other wildlife. Trees hide more developed sections of the trail, while new bridges and culvert tunnels whisk users beneath and over busy road crossings. There is a traffic-light-controlled crossing at busy Pisgah Road. There are also shops along Pisgah Road. Such conscientious environmental planning has earned the Greeneway federal designation as a National Recreation Trail.
For those who want an even closer view of the river, there is an extension of the Greeneway known as Hammond's Ferry Loop. Diverging from the 7 mile Greeneway between Hammond's Ferry Rd and Crystal Lake Dr, this 1.5 mile paved trail runs through the woods and along the Savannah River before rejoining the main path at Georgia Ave and Riverside Blvd. The extension passes through Boeckh Park and Brick Pond Park, with access to the Boeckh Park Pavilion and a floating dock on the river. For those who just want to utilize the loop, parking is available at Greeneway Trail Parking (306 Riverside Blvd).
Residents use the Greeneway as a travel corridor between surrounding neighborhoods. If you're just visiting, the trail offers a great way to explore the area. Even in the heat of summer, the tree canopy provides significant shade for most of the length. Hop on and mingle with locals out for a ride or a stroll, or head to the fishing pier on the Savannah, a short walk from the Riverview trailhead.
To reach the Riverview Park trailhead from Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, take Buena Vista Avenue west, turn left on Georgetown Drive and continue to the activities center parking lot in Riverview Park. This access point links up with the trail just over 1 mile north of The River Golf Club trailhead. There are also new parking lots at Bergen Road, Pisgah Road and at the activities building in Riverview Park (Fairfield Ave and Riverview Park Dr.).
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