The Augusta Canal is one of the most interesting historic landmarks in Augusta. It was created in 1845 to use water power from the Savannah River to power textile mills. It is the only canal in North America still in use for its original purpose, and there are still buildings in Augusta that use hydropower from the canal. The tow paths that run parallel to the canal used to be for mules and horses that would pull boats up or down the canal. Now those paths are used for recreation. You can hike, jog, or bike the canal trail and experience part of the historic beauty that is still a part of Augusta today.
The trail runs about 7 miles long altogether and has several different points of entry if you would like to take a shorter ride or walk beside the canal. If you decide to take the trail all the way up to the headgates you will see the Savannah River and other scenic spots! You can even paddle the canal yourself if you have your own canoe or kayak, or you can rent one from American Wilderness Outfitters Limited (AWOL). To learn more about the canal and its history check out the Augusta Canal’s website. If you would like more information on the trails and how to enjoy the canal on your bike or in your own boat, click here.