Swim at Aqueduct Park (Rae's Creek)

Aqueduct Park Parking

Built by Italian stone masons in 1850, the Augusta Canal aqueduct stands as one of Augusta's most beautiful historic structures. Aqueduct park sports a swimming hole, rock climbing, and fishing next to the popular Augusta Canal Trail.

Although it is not heavily advertised, Augusta's Rae Creek Aqueduct Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the area. Located across the bridge from the Lake Olmstead Trailhead, a dirt path leads you to the base of a 35 foot waterfall that flows into a swimming hole. Next to the waterfall is Rae's Creek Aqueduct, a large brick structure that affords a better view of the park below. Old train tracks run overhead of the park as you walk further down River Levee Trail. If you follow the stream of water all the way down, you'll eventually find the Savannah River! Rock climbing is also popular at this spot. A flurry of spots appear as you explore the park, though my favorite is the one directly across from the swimming hole, you'll find hooks to belay along the top of the aqueduct. On weekends, you'll find the park dotted with ENOs as University students come to get away from the worries of schoolwork. 

Local Tip: most fishermen come to the park in the evenings, so if you want to swim, come around lunch time!

Pack List

  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Fishing Pole
  • Chacos
  • ENO
  • GoPro/Camera
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RT Distance 0.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 50 Feet
Activities Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Beautiful swimming area

This spot has a real nature feel to it and is awesome in the early hours of the day before it gets busy. The rock formations and water rushing trough them is pretty nice. I enjoyed this spot as it is kind of hidden from the more advertised spots in Augusta. Check it out, you will be glad you did.

A Locals Perspective

The Augusta Canal aqueduct is a great place for friends and family alike to kick back and relax. As a local, I have visited this place quite often to eno and relax with a good book above the small waterfall. The area is perfect for couples who want a peaceful afternoon; however, beware the weekend, families with screaming children tend to enjoy flocking here on summer days. Fun tip: there is a local rope swing further back. To get there, cross the railroad track an 1/8th of a mile up from the aqueduct and follow the dirt path. Keep an eye out for snakes and stick to the right fork of the trail. It's about a half-mile back and definitely worth the adventure.


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