Spending Time Outdoors in Augusta, GA
Augusta is a city located in Georgia alongside the Savannah River. Let’s take a look at outside things to do around Augusta.
Water is very calming to most people. You can walk or run along the riverwalk, a path running along the banks of the Savannah River in Augusta’s downtown area, for exercise, or slow down to a stroll to observe the movement of the water and the creatures that live there. While you are walking, you’ll also enjoy unique views of Augusta’s city skyline and have opportunities to shop at several local businesses on the way. This tree-lined area offers some shade, but drink plenty of water and expect to be warm during the summer months.
Another great option for exercise are the Augusta Canal trails. There are multiple entrance points for the Augusta Canal trails, including Water Pump Station, at the end of Riverlook Drive; Lake Olmstead, at the end of Milledge Road (this single location gives you access to three trails – River Levee, Towpath, and Mill Village); Mill Village Trailhead, at Grace Street near the Kroc Center; Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill; and Old Turning Basin at 13th Street, near the Walton Rehab Hospital. Walk, run, or cycle on these asphalt trails.
Pendleton King Park is a wonderful park to visit while you are in Augusta. This park is full of gardens that are filled with a variety of blooms during the spring season. Sprinkled in the flower beds, you’ll find plaques with the names of the surrounding flowers and plants. The park also has a dog park, with separate sections for large and small dogs, allowing dogs of all sizes to safely play. There is a tennis court, playground and nature trails. Something for everyone can be found at Pendleton King Park.
Reed Creek Nature Park offers a variety of educational opportunities for nature lovers. Check the park’s website for hours and special events throughout the year. During normal hours, staff members are available to help you identify the creatures you may spot during your adventures. Keep your eyes open – it’s common to spot a snake here. But, by staying on the trails you can confidently explore and share the area with snakes and other animals that call the area home. Reed Creek Nature Park is definitely a great place to take the kids!
Continuing with the park theme, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is just outside the city and is perfect for a morning or afternoon of exploring the outdoors. Covering more than 1,100 areas, you will have ample opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife. There are boardwalks through the swamp that allow guests to engage with nature in a safe manner. They also offer free guided tours to their guests, so be sure to check their website and plan ahead to get the most out of your visit.
We would be remiss not to mention golf. Augusta is home to Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, one of the most celebrated golf events worldwide. While it’s difficult to play on this private course, there are several public courses in the Augusta area that allow you to hone your golf skills, including Augusta Municipal Golf Course, Forest Hills Golf Course, and The River Golf Club as some options.