Augusta, Ga – A Hidden Jewel in Georgia Waiting to be Discovered by YOU this Summer!

Augusta, Georgia
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Reduce your carbon footprint by skipping the plane ticket abroad in exchange for a backyard adventure in Augusta, Ga., a city steeped in tradition with a fresh new vibe.  Augusta’s River Region is a bustling hub for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer the riverside to the mountainsides with various outdoor activities for visitors to dive into. Whether you are looking to cruise down the Savannah River by boat, kayak or paddleboard or navigate miles of trails by bike or foot, this summer Augusta is showing visitors that the grass is just as green outside the golf courses.

Augusta Riverwalk
Augusta Riverwalk
Augusta Canal
Augusta Canal
Augusta Riverwalk
Augusta Riverwalk

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca, with several activities centralized on and around the Savannah River. During the day, visitors can rent kayaks and paddleboards at the Savannah Rapids Park or embark on a tour with Cole Watkin Tours and rentals. Another local favorite, Betty’s Branch, is a tributary to the Savannah River with a particularly challenging route around Germany Island, which is abundant in wildlife. While a challenge, this 3.5-hour journey offers perks outside its cardio-burning but also passes a small sandbar that is perfect for a mid-voyage picnic. Shake off river-legs by exploring the conveniently accessible nature trails that surround the heritage area by foot or bike. Additionally, guests can unwind on a Petersburg boat tour and lazily cruise through time on these gentle river giants. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to stroll along Augusta’s Riverwalk and absorb the views of stunning greenery, historical monuments and architectural masterpieces that line the river.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Phinizy Swamp

Phinizy Swamp is an ecological gem for those who want to experience nature and catch glimpses of wildlife such as blue herons, otters and alligators in their natural setting. Additionally, in the charming mystique of the swamp, over 14 miles of trails can be traversed in solace. The park also offers monthly activities such as yoga gatherings, art programs and organized group hikes.

Phinizy Park Walkway
Phinizy Park Walkway


Phinizy Nature Park
Phinizy Nature Park

Augusta Trails

For bicycle enthusiasts and top-performing cyclists, Augusta offers world-class biking trails at every level. For a casual ride, visitors can choose between the Greeneway Trail, a 7 mile out-and-back paved trail or the Augusta Canal Trail a 10.9 mile trail, both replete with views of the river. For an adrenaline-filled challenge, mountain-bikers can traverse the 37-mile, renowned Forks Area Trails System.

Get the competitive juices brewing at Augusta’s Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex, a fun alternative to traditional golf, where guests attempt to successfully float a disc into a suspended basket. While a frisbee can be thrown around in a park anywhere, Hippodrome offers various courses that test different skill levels and takes disc-golfers through various landscapes, from open-air fields to the wooded greens.

Augusta Dining Scene
Augusta Dining Scene


Augusta Dining Scene
Augusta Dining Scene

Augusta Dining Scene

To round out the outdoor adventures, explore Augusta’s River Region beverages. Cool down with a ‘Nanas Puddin’ boozy milkshake from Farmhaus Burgers, a customized burger joint that uses locally-sourced ingredients and has prime real estate in downtown Augusta. For the craft beer connoisseur, check out Augusta’s recently opened breweries Riverwatch Brewery and Savannah River Brewing which are family-friendly. For visitors who want to truly taste a bit of Augusta, several establishments throughout the city are proud pourers of Augusta’s Fruitland Peach Vodka, the only peach vodka made with real Georgia peaches, and have taken on their own variations that are refreshingly light.

Partridge Inn
Partridge Inn
Partridge Inn
Partridge Inn

Augusta offers several overnight accommodations from Southern classics to chic modern stays. Stay the night in an Augusta icon, the recently renovated Partridge Inn, Curio Collection by Hilton has upgraded feature but has retained its antebellum charm. For a prime location in downtown Augusta with sleek features, guests can book their stay at Augusta Marriot, perfectly positioned for overviews of the Savannah River.

If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or planning a vacation for your family, Augusta is the perfect hidden jewel in Georgia just waiting to be discovered by you!

  1. Robin Rue says
    Augusta is on my travel bucket list. I have always wanted to go there.
  2. momknowsbest15 says
    That boat tour looks fun. This would be a fun place to visit.
  3. hopejoyinchrist says
    wow, I would never have thought GA for a vacation... but I can see it now. that would be beautiful, relaxing and fun for the whole family!
  4. parentingpatch says
    I have only ever driven through Georgia. I would love to explore the state sometime with my kiddos!
  5. Noviaty Husain says
    Never been there but I'd love to spend my holiday over there.
  6. Sarah Bailey says
    Wow what an absolutely beautiful looking place, it sounds like the perfect place for a summer break I'll have to add it to my bucket list.
  7. tsosmmn says
    I would totally be walking that river walk - morning, noon and night. Such amazing history in Georgia and you selected some great highlights.
  8. cgmjemus says
    Great Place to visit. History, Sporting events, and of course the River. There is a little something, no there is A LOT OF SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
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  10. Blair Villanueva says
    It would be nice to have a trip in Augusta Canal and visit the other places nearby. Saves energy and also an opportunity to see the other side of Augusta life.
  11. Cynthia Nicoletti says
    Looks so beautiful. Would love to take a trip for a week. The hotel looks so nice.
  12. Carol Cassara says
    I could use some vacation right now and this looks like the perfect place! I love that there are so many things to do here but you could also choose to slow down and relax!
  13. sparkofsouthernmoms says
    I have been there to visit family. You are right on the beauty of Augusta. It is a perfect family vacation spot!
  14. The Mad Mommy says
    This looks like my kind of place! I have always wanted to visit Georgia and experience that southern charm!
  15. Tina Gleisner says
    Wow, this looks like a lot of fun with something for everyone. Loved the old white mansion with all the architectural details ... and walks along the river looked like fun too.
  16. Jane DeLoach says
    Great reminder of what is in my own backyard! I love my hometown, Augusta!
  17. Garf says
    Looks like you had a great time. Beautiful pictures and definitely a nice place to visit.
  18. Rosie says
    I'm amazed. I've heard of Augusta, but not in any meaningful context. There is something for everyone. You could spend a good vacation trying just about everything, and probably not spend too much.

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