If you’re a lover of the great outdoors –– Augusta has some amazing waterways and trails that will make your visit exciting and memorable. 

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is one of the most interesting historic landmarks in Augusta. Created in 1845 to use water power from the Savannah River to power textile mills. 

Fun Fact: It is the only canal in North America still in use for its original purpose, and there are still buildings in Augusta that use hydropower from the canal.  

It’s one of Augusta’s most valuable commodities and is available to be enjoyed year-round. Here are a few ways to enjoy the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. 

Walk •  Run • Bike 

Hikers, cyclists, and runners regularly head for the Augusta Canal’s wide, level towpath. Additional trails into wooded and urban areas add variety to the outdoor experience. 

1. Augusta Canal Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill
2. Mill Village Trailhead, Grace Street near Kroc Center 
3. Old Turning Basin at 13th Street, near Walton Rehab Hospital
4. Water Pump Station, end of Riverlook Drive
5. Lake Olmstead, end of Milledge Road (access to River Levee, Towpath, Mill Village trails)
6. Headgates at Savannah Rapids Park

Boat • Kayak • Canoe 

Canoers and kayakers can enjoy the natural and urban scenery as well, with several points available for put-in. Most people paddle the entire first level of the Canal, from the Headgates to the old turning basin at 13th Street. Pick up a map at the Discovery Center, Lock Keepers Cottage Visitor Center, or download a map here. There are several points of access, click here for a list of Canal access points

Take A Tour

If you'd rather just enjoy a ride on the Augusta Canal, you're in luck. You can enjoy a boat tour or one of the Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Cruises. See the calendar for upcoming cruises

To enjoy the Augusta Canal safely, we do recommend visiting one of the local outfitters to experience the canal through unique guided tours.  

We recommend rentals & tours by these trusted professionals: 
Two Dudes & A Boat Kayak Rentals
Savannah Rapids Kayak Rentals 
Cole Watkins Tours 

Get more information and history by visiting the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area website

Share your adventure by tagging @AugustaCanal • @VisitAugusta and using the hashtags #LoveAugusta & #AugustaOutdoors