Augusta's Waterfront:The Savannah River
Augusta, Georgia is one the major Georgia cities found along the Savannah River. As a riverfront city, Augusta provides loads of fun things to do on the water and along the riverfront. If you’re a fan of outdoor adventure, you’ll enjoy leisure activities like kayaking, a stroll along the Augusta Riverwalk, or the 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge, which overlooks the river.
In 1736, James Oglethorpe founded the city of Augusta due to the navigable ease of the river. This allowed for transportation inland and between the Savannah Port either by boat or horse. Since the addition of the Augusta Canal in 1845, the Savannah River has continued to provide a means of industry and growth for the city.
Fun Fact: The Savannah River, one of Georgia’s longest and largest waterways, defines most of the boundary between Georgia and South Carolina.
Recreation on the River
Today, Augustans and visitors still use the river for outdoor activities and family fun. It’s a great place to kayak or paddle board – and you may even get to lay eyes on a belted kingfisher or a pied-billed grebe as you float down the river. You can rent a kayak or jet ski to spend more time on the Savannah River.