On Saturday morning, June 1, join the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Canoeing Association, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and the Savannah Riverkeeper for our newest adventure on the Savannah River in Augusta. This trip is part of the Conservancy's Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series.
Spend Saturday paddling the Augusta Canal, an industrial canal that winds through a scenic, wooded park and into the historic city center. The canal, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1845 and is the only intact industrial canal in the South that is still in continuous use.
We will paddle the 7-mile canal through the locks, past Lake Omstead, and finish at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at the Enterprise Mill. At the Interpretive Center, we’ll learn about the history of the canal and the textile industry that it supported throughout the Civil War.
This relaxing, beginner-friendly paddle is a great day trip for families or anyone looking for a beautiful summer day on the river, as well as an opportunity to learn more about Georgia’s history.
If you plan on staying in Augusta overnight, be sure to take a trip to Phinizy Swamp. There you’ll find a 1,100 acre swamp with trails for hiking and mountain biking. Be on the lookout for lots of wildlife, including beavers, herons, snakes, turtles, and even alligators!
Suggested canoe, kayak and paddle board vendors:
Broadway Tackle: Prices start at $40 for a full day rental
Savannah Rapids Kayaks: $25 (single), $35 (tandem) for a full day rental
White Cap Paddle Boarding: $35-$45 for a full day rental
RiverCat Kayaks: $40 for a full day rental
Cost (boat rental not included)
$30 per person (includes a Georgia Conservancy membership, shuttle support, snacks, water and a guided paddle).
$50 per couple (includes a Georgia Conservancy duel membership, shuttle support, snacks, water and a guided paddle).
Georgia Conservancy members receive a $10 discount.
Register here: http://www.georgiaconservancy.org/augusta-paddle.html