Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Minutes from downtown Augusta, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park offers you the chance to see great blue heron, red-shouldered hawk, river otter, and the elusive alligator in their natural setting. Enjoy boardwalks, trails, public restrooms from dawn to dusk, and a visitors center open 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays and Sundays.

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: 8 AM - 8 PM

General
Hours of Operation
  • Monday Opening Time: 8 AM
  • Monday Closing Time: 8 PM
  • Tuesday Opening Time: 8 AM
  • Tuesday Closing Time: 8 PM
  • Wednesday Opening Time: 8 AM
  • Wednesday Closing Time: 8 PM
  • Thursday Opening Time: 8 AM
  • Thursday Closing Time: 8 PM
  • Friday Opening Time: 8 AM
  • Friday Closing Time: 8 PM
  • Saturday Opening Time: 8 AM
  • Saturday Closing Time: 8 PM
  • Sunday Opening Time: 8 AM
  • Sunday Closing Time: 8 PM
Facility Info
  • Banquet Capacity 72
  • Classroom Capacity 50

Puddle Ducks: Kids & Caregivers Club

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Bring your little ones (through age 5) out on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for a great time together with stories, crafts and hands-on fun in nature.

Children's Hike with Story Time

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  • Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday

Bring your children (toddlers to age 8) for a nature hike designed especially for them! They will enjoy a story before they begin their time exploring and experiencing nature first-hand.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:30 AM. For more information, call 706-396-1424 or email info@phinizycenter.org.

Spaces are limited, so register early! (Accompanying adults are always free!)

Stream Explorers

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  • Recurring monthly on the 4th Saturday

Become an aquatic ecologist for the day! This a fun family exploration as you join our scientists in the creek (waders provided) and in the laboratory as you learn some of the methods that we use to determine the condition of our lakes and streams. You will use different techniques to sample and analyze for organic material, algae, zooplankton, aquatic insects and fish to understand how each of those organisms plays a role in a healthy food web. Using the data that you collect, you will determine if the ecosystem has all the components, in the correct amount, to be considered healthy ecosystem. Please wear long socks and bring water to drink. No dogs or strollers.

Swamp Saturday Hikes

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Enjoy a guided, leisurely hike through approximately 2.5 miles of nature park trails. Children & adults will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life & importance of urban wetland ecology. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. No dogs, please. We leave from the Swamp Shop & Visitor’s Center at 9:30 AM.

Spaces are limited. Free for children ages 3 and under.
*Groups, clubs or organizations please ask about Group Tours.*

Please register online or by calling 706-396-1426.

National Honey Bee Day at Phinizy

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National Honey Bee Day at Phinizy Swamp will be a morning filled with family fun and tasty treats! Activities will include honey tasting from local beekeepers, a honey based bake-off, face painting, games and crafts, educational classes and information about pollinators, and live music from The Wynn’s! Bring your friends and family, a picnic blanket and enjoy sweet iced tea and entertainment.

Local chefs will judge homemade honey desserts with prizes awarded to the winners, so bring your best homemade sweet treat!

Honey is available for purchase in Phinizy’s Visitor Center and from beekeeper booths. Donations are welcome to support Phinizy programming.

(Register online for the Bake-Off!)

Full Moon Hike

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From the serenade of tree frogs to the soothing calls of Barred Owls, the sounds of the Swamp come alive at night! Join us as we celebrate a walk in the light of a full moon by taking you on a guided, leisurely hike through the Nature Park trails. Children & adults will enjoy the beauty of the evening. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. Strollers are welcome. No dogs, please. We leave from the Swamp Shop & Visitor’s Center at 9:00PM.

Register online or by calling 706-396-1426.

Swamp Bike Saturday

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Enjoy a guided, gentle bike ride through approximately 7 miles of wetlands trails. Children & adults will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life & importance of urban wetland ecology. Please bring your own bike, wear comfortable closed-toed shoes & bring water to drink. Helmets are required. We leave from the Swamp Shop & Visitor’s Center at 9:30 AM.

Register online or by calling 706-396-1426.

Walk Your Pet Hike

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Enjoy a guided, leisurely hike through approximately 2.5 miles of nature park trails with your 4 legged best friend. Pets & their humans will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life & importance of urban wetland ecology. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. Strollers are welcome. Dogs must be leashed. We leave from the Swamp Shop & Visitor’s Center at 9:30AM. 

Register online. For more information, call 706-396-1426.

Halloween Family Camping Night

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Camp out under the stars at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and enjoy an evening of activities, camp fire eats, and more! Family activities include:

  • Campers, come dressed up in your Halloween costumes on Saturday night!
  • Children’s (non-spooky) Campsite Trick or Treat
  • Guided Night-time Cemetery Walk
  • Cabela’s Family Activities & Give-Aways
  • Fun Halloween Activities
  • Hayrides
  • Campfire Sing-A-Long
  • Campfire story with hot chocolate & s’mores
  • Hot dog grill for dinner
  • Morning nature hike
  • Sunday morning non-denominational spiritual service will be available for those who wish to participate

Please note – all campsite activities will be non-spooky and family-friendly for all ages. 

*** Families / groups who would like to participate but not camp overnight are welcome to stay until 10pm and are welcome to come back in the morning to participate in a guided hike or guided bike tour. Pricing is the same as an overnight camping stay.***

Walk Your Pet Hike

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Enjoy a guided, leisurely hike through approximately 2.5 miles of nature park trails with your 4 legged best friend. Pets & their humans will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life & importance of urban wetland ecology. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. Strollers are welcome. Dogs must be leashed. We leave from the Swamp Shop & Visitor’s Center at 9:30AM. 

Register online. For more information, call 706-396-1426.