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Saturday Adventure at Clarks Hill

On Saturday afternoon, Granddaddy called and asked if the boys wanted to go fishing. Of course! From downtown Augusta, it is about a 30-minute ride to the Strom Thurmond Dam boat ramp. Dad loaded up the boys and off they went.

The trip was more about the adventure than anything else. The boat ramp was full after a fishing tournament that morning. There was so much to see! They rode the lake for a while before finding a quiet corner to do some fishing. No one volunteered to touch the fish, but in the end it was a great trip.

Clarks Hill Lake is also called Lake Thurmond. I think it just depends what side of the lake you are from. The Georgia side folks say Clark’s Hill and the South Carolina side says Lake Thurmond.

Thurmond Lake comprises nearly 71,100 acres of water with a shoreline of 1200 miles. The lake is one of the southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954 for flood control and for hydropower. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds.

For more info on the lake and all its recreation:

http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/thurmond/

Or stop by their welcome center:
J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821
1-800-533-3478

Camping in Augusta

There are so many places in and around Augusta to experience the great outdoors. One of my favorite places is Lake Thurmond at Clark’s Hill. It is only about 25 minutes from downtown Augusta. We went camping there towards the end of October this year and the weather was fantastic! Our campsites were at the Petersburg Campground which is run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The campground has a lot of facilities available to campers, like laundry rooms. It also has access to the William Bartram Trail which is great for hiking and mountain biking. The campsites are huge, leaving plenty of room for multiple tents or a medium sized camper. We picked a really nice time of year to camp since it was pleasant during the day and chilly enough to enjoy a campfire at night. Many of the sites are right on the water, so you can really enjoy the view and all the fall colors. The best part is that you aren’t far from civilization, so if you forget any essentials or need anything you can take a quick trip to town and get anything you might need.

Aerial Adventures Over Augusta

I recently had the opportunity to get a view of Augusta that few others have experienced – from the sky!  If you have a sense of adventure and aren’t afraid of little planes, you really should check out an aerial tour of the city.

We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to see anything since it was a foggy morning, but fortunately it all burned off by late morning and we were set to go. We checked in with Augusta Aviation at Daniel Field, met our pilot, climbed into our Cessna, put on our headphones and were off! 

Now I will say that the plane is only a 4-seater, so it was a little unnerving at first. But once we were in the air it was so exciting to see our beautiful area and get my bearings with landmarks, that I forgot all about the size of the plane. I was so busy concentrating on figuring out where I was and what I was seeing, that my only thought of the plane was the fact that it was so small it allowed me to easily see things on both sides.

We flew at a pretty low altitude, staying at around 1,000 feet up, which made it easy to spot landmarks. Heather, our pilot, took us over Augusta State University and the Augusta Country Club before looping around over the greenest thing in the area this time of year, the Augusta National Golf Club. Preparations are definitely underway for next month’s tournament, and I could see scoreboards and grandstands up and ready. From there we headed towards downtown before following the Savannah River and Augusta Canal north towards Lake Thurmond. We didn’t make it quite to the lake since we had done several loops over the golf course, but did get a good view of the dam. It was a great flight and I gained a new appreciation for the beauty of our waterways. 

The flights are very reasonably priced, and they even have a Sunset Tour that includes wine and cheese along with the flight over the lake, perfect for a special occasion. I definitely recommend taking the opportunity to experience Augusta from the air and I’m looking forward to doing it again once the flowers start blooming.

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