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

Swamp Saturday Hikes

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

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.

Swamp Bike Saturday

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

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.

4H Yoga in the Park

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday

Free! 4H is offering yoga for kids of all ages (and adults): 4-H YOGA!

Join in every 3rd Saturday of the month starting at 9 AM, at Phinizy Swamp for a low pressure, fun, and relaxing yoga class for youth and adults of all experience levels. The class will meet at the Visitor Center.

Some of the benefits of yoga include:  Improved Concentration and Focus * Increased Self Esteem * Improved Listening Skills * Improved Overall Health * Improved Stress Levels * Improved Behavior

Our Certified Instructors will be teaching the class which will include stretching, concentration exercises, and yoga poses related to the HEAD, HEART, HEALTH, and HANDS. Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel.

No Registration is required, and the class is free! So what are you waiting for? For more info call 706-821-2349

Swamp Treks

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday

Swamp Treks will bring nature to life for 3rd – 8th grade children. Focused on making the outdoors exciting, Swamp Treks makes it fun to gain respect for the environment and to enjoy wildlife. Split into two age groups, 3rd – 5th, and 6th – 8th, children will explore a new topic each month. Each morning starts with a hike that leads into a hands-on nature based activity. Regular participation is not required, but is welcome! Come learn about animals, camping and survival skills, nature printing, bees, and more!

Topics Include:

· November: Art in Nature (patterns and seed art)
· December: Nature Printing (with John)
· January: Survival (camp fire meal making)
· February: Birding (DIY bird feeders and nests)
· March: Why things float (boat racing challenge)
· April: Survival (fire building techniques, make s’more)
· May: Pollinators (make insect hotels)
· June: Can you Find This? (photo scavenger hunt)
· July: Water is Wet (water games)
· August: Camp Out
· September: Plant life (make terrariums)
· October : Awesome Animals (animal communication games)
· November: Past, Present and Future (history of swamp and walking stick designing)

Register online below or by calling 706-396-1426. Spaces are limited.

Phinizy Family Camping

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

May 20 - 21, 2017

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

  •  Hot dog grill for dinner
  • Campfire with hot chocolate & s’mores
  • Cabela’s games & activities
  • Survival and camp craft skills & demos by former U.S Navy Survival Instructor  Mike Whitten
  • Outdoor Family-Friendly Movie
  •  Campfire sing along
  •  Morning nature hike
  • Sunday morning non-denominational spiritual service will be available for those who wish to participate

Camping begins Saturday afternoon at 1 PM and ends Sunday at noon. Download suggested Packing List.

Register online or by calling 706-396-1426.

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.

Full Moon Hike

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

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.

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.

Halloween Family Camping Night

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

October 28 - 29, 2017

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.

Full Moon Hike

  • Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

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.