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Aqueduct Park

It was a perfect fall weekend to explore Aqueduct Park with my girlfriend’s dog Harvey.

Water from the Augusta Canal feeds the park via a cascading waterfall on one side and rock-lined spillway on the other both meeting in a small pool before wandering off a few hundred yards to the Savannah River.

The pool makes for a perfect swimming hole on hot summer days.  Today’s plan didn’t involve any swimming for me, but Harvey loved it.

Water levels vary by season and were barely a trickle today.  When the water is really flowing, more adventurous people enjoy sliding down the rocks of the spillway that today I could walk across with ease.  Another activity people enjoy is rappelling down or climbing up the walls of the old aqueduct.  I’ll save that for another day!

Aqueduct Park is a fairly new park who’s success is largely attributable to determined local volunteers who rescued the area from a jungle of vines, shrubs, and trash.  If you’d like to go and admire their handiwork, the area is accessible by car via a dirt road at the end of Goodrich Street, or by parking across the Canal near Lake Olmstead and crossing the pedestrian bridge.  Google pinpoints it here.

Enjoy!

Kayaking in Downtown Augusta


I know it might seem a little weird to kayak in downtown, but along the Augusta Canal it is possible. The journey for me began at the Augusta Canal Headgates where the Canal begins – this is the spot where it branches off from the Savannah River. The canal was originally built by hand in 1845 to harness the water power to operate textile mills. It continues to do that job today more than 100 years later.

For more than seven miles that the canal takes, it leisurely turns. It starts out very quiet and calm with plenty of wildlife and ends with beautiful 100 year-old factories still drawing in water and then right into downtown Augusta – just three blocks from Augusta’s main street.


The canal is all calm water and can be navigated by even the most novice of water travelers – as my friend and co-worker Katrina demonstrated in her canoe. Anna did her best to steer them straight. The entire trip took just under three hours, but that did include stops for snacks. There are many places to put in if you want a shorter trip, but there is also Lake Olmstead to visit if you want to take a longer trip. There is also a path along the canal for cyclists, walkers and fishermen. But today’s journey for me was in a kayak and I loved it!


Today we rented from AWOL. They will drop you off and with a cell phone call, pick you up once you’re done.

American Wilderness Outfitters Limited (AWOL)
2328 Washington Road
Augusta GA 30904
706-738-8500
www.getawol.com


Planning a Wedding in Augusta, Georgia

I recently got married in my hometown of Augusta, GA. While planning a wedding takes lots of time, and can be stressful-it was worth it in the end!

There are so many places to choose from to get married in Augusta. The city offers many churches, downtown venues, historic sites, hotels, and even an old firehouse. My family hosted my bridal brunch at the beautiful and historic Partridge Inn. This is a Southern hotel that dates back 100 years and is still the splendor of the South!

We decided to have our rehearsal dinner at Enterprise Mill, located downtown on the Augusta Canal. This was the perfect place to enjoy the historic mill, while also enjoying the sites of the canal.

We chose the church I grew up in, The Hill Baptist Church, located in Summerville, for the ceremony site. Last, we decided on The River Room located on the Savannah River in historic St Paul’s Church for our reception site. We wanted to incorporate as many features that Augusta has to offer.

There are also many wonderful vendors to choose from when deciding who to use for your caterer, cake, flowers, band/DJ, photographer/videographer, wedding dress/tux, gifts for your attendants and everything else! Also, here at the Augusta CVB we can help you with reserving hotel rooms for your out of town guests at a discounted rate, and help with locating a venue for any of your wedding events.

So, if you or someone you know is thinking about getting married here in Augusta, the opportunities are endless and I can assure you, you will be happy with any choice here in Augusta. Happy Wedding Planning!!!

May Survey's from Facebook Fans

Every Monday we survey our Facebook Fans. Here are some of the results of the surveys from this month.

Where can you get the best seafood in Augusta?

Island Seafood

Old McDonald’s Fish Camp

French Market Grille

Bonefish Grill (2 votes)

Rae’s Coastal Cafe (2 votes)

Sheehan’s Irish Pub (3 votes)

T’s Restaurant (4 votes)

And the winner is Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar with 6 votes.

Who serves the best Sunday brunch in Augusta?

Crums on Central

Manuel’s Bread Cafe

Casa Blanca Cafe

And the winner is The Partridge Inn with 3 votes.

What is your favorite thing to do in Augusta during the summer?

Attend events downtown

Hangout on the Riverwalk

Go to a GreenJackets baseball game (2 votes)

Augusta Canal Boat Tour (2 votes)

And the winner is Go to the lake with 10 votes.

Biking along the Augusta Canal

There’s nothing better than being outside in the Springtime in the South.  Recently my 6 year old little boy, Brandon, and I went for a nice, easy bike ride along the tow path of the Augusta Canal.  We parked at the headgates where the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River meet and the Canal begins.  A nice pedestrian bridge let’s you walk your bikes across the canal for easy access to the flat dirt path.  For a while the bike or walking trail runs in between the Savannah River and the Canal, talk about beautiful scenery.   There is so much to see and take in all around you.  It was fun for Brandon and me to spot the yellow-belly sliding turtles sitting on logs as we rode.  Every we time we stopped for a water break we could see those turtles sunning and just hanging out.  There were so many of them it was hard to keep count.

Another beautiful spot that feeds into the Canal is this waterfall; recent renovations to this area have made getting to this spot much easier and it is as picturesque as you can get.  I would have taken a million photos of Brandon here if he would have just stayed still a little longer!

Brandon and I only rode for probably a mile or so before he was ready to call it quits, but the path along the Canal is 8 miles one way, so if you’re up for a nice little jaunt, up and back is a good ride.  And if you’re a cycling enthusiast you can continue to ride from the Canal onto a couple of different cycling trails.  Bike paths in Columbia County, GA actually lead into the headgates and from the downtown Augusta section of the Canal you can easily access North Augusta, South Carolina’s Greenway.

Anyway you choose to explore it or get out and ride in Augusta on the Canal you’re guaranteed to enjoy the warmth of the season, nature, and create great memories along the way.

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