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Savannah Rapids Trail - Augusta Canal Trail

Augusta, Georgia

5.0/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

7.64 miles

Elevation Gain

259 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Matt Van Swol

The 33 acre Savannah River Rapids Park showcases a stunning walking trail along Augusta's most popular waterways: the Savannah River and Augusta Canal. 

Easily the most popular outdoor attraction in Augusta, the Savannah River Rapids Park marks the beginning of the Augusta Canal. The walkway flanks both the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, allowing you to see both waterways from the trail. Reed River also flows into the canal producing some beautiful waterfalls adjacent to the canal. Along the walking trail, you will discover beautiful waterfalls, rustic picnic areas, a beautiful wedding pavilion, and the famous Augusta Canal Headgates. As you walk along the headgates, you will notice the hundreds “love locks” that couples have placed along the bridge for years. The trail is a favorite amongst local runners and bikers training for the Augusta Ironman due to its flat surface and the wide dirt paths, making it easy for large groups to run the trail together. The trail itself is a 7.5 miles loop that takes you all the way to Augusta, but most choose to stay at the headgates and watch and listen to the thundering rapids from which the park gets its name. It has become my favorite spot to watch the sunset, or clear my head when I need to get away, but don’t want to travel far. The rapids drowns out any voices and something about how the orange light of the sunset hits the rapids, gives it an unmistakable golden hue as the water crashes to the bottom. 

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Features

Fitness
Cycling
Running
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Absolutely beautiful, the Spanish moss is enchanting and for a northern girl I was absolutely in love. 10/10 recommend, especially if you’re here TDY like me or just visiting for funzies :)

This park is gorgeous. And the rapids have made it a very peaceful place. My fiancé and I went back to put a lock on the love lock bridge as well. Definitely will revisit whenever I'm near Augusta!

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