Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
Augusta, GA 30901
Walk, bike, canoe or kayak through the Augusta Canal National Heritage area beginning at the headgates. The 11.5-mile historic canal takes you past natural and urban landscapes. Wildlife viewing, picnics, fishing, nature and history hikes on the towpath are popular with locals and visitors alike.
The headgate area includes restored caretaker's cottage, dance pavilion and more. Guided tours aboard replica canal boats depart daily from the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. Well-informed guides narrate the open-air trips. Tickets include admission to the Interpretive Center housed in a 19th Century textile mill. Learn the 160+ year history of the Augusta Canal via interactive exhibits and award winning movie. Voted Augusta's Best Tourist Attraction.
Info & Amenities
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:30PM
Monday: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Thursday: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Saturday: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Admission & Fees
Canal Interpretive Center $4.00
Lockkeepper's Cottage Welcome Center Free
Petersburg Boat 1-hour guided tour $12.50
Petersburg Boat 3-hour guided tour $21.00
Group Discount, Military Discount
Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round
Near Interstate Highway
Civil War Site, Eco-Friendly, Film & Music Site
Suitable for Ages
Civil War Canal Tour "Food, Fabric & Firepower"
03/01/2013 - 12/29/2015
In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Augusta Canal National Heritage Area presents a Petersburg boat tour highlighting Augusta's role as a Confederate city. The one-hour tour explores the behind-the-lines role that the canal played in supplying the troops, including the famous Confederate Powder Works, Rigdon-Ansley Pistol factory, Confederate Bakery, shoe factory and much more. Informative guides share stories from this explosive time in our history as you enjoy a ride al...read more
Moonlight Music Cruises - Fall Series
09/05/2014 - 10/31/2014
Take a ride on Augusta Canal's Petersburg boat Friday evenings in the fall, and enjoy live musical performances September 5-October 31, 2014.
Reservations are required, and tickets are $25 per seat. Call 706-823-0440 ext. 4 for more information and to purchase tickets.read more
Augusta Photography Festival
10/24/2014 - 11/02/2014
A ten-day celebration of the art, craft and pure joy of photography. Two dozen workshops allow photographers at all levels to enhance their skills. Exhibits and gallery shows offer a feast for the eyes and spirit. Ten photo walks provide inspiration, camaraderie and creative challenge. Keynote by Ken Sklute, Canon Explorer of Light photographer. US premiere of the International Images for Science winners from UK Royal Photographic Society. And much more.read more
Augusta Civil War Symposium 1864-The War Comes to Georgia
11/06/2014 - 11/08/2014
Augusta's Civil War symposium series highlights experiences of Augusta and its citizens during the war. "1864-The War Comes to Georgia" offers talks by noted Civil War authors and a performance of period music.
Allan Gurganus, author of "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," reads from his work on Thursday evening. Friday's keynote speaker, Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin, President of the Society of Civil War Historians, presents "Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and Ameri...read more