Classic South / Augusta

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

1450 Greene Street
Suite 400
Augusta, GA 30901

706-823-0440
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  • Dog walkers enjoy canal trail

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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 - 5:00PM
    Monday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Canal Discovery 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

    Trails Free

    Discounts

    Group Discount, Military Discount

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20, 520

    Payment Options

    Mastercard, Visa

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site, Eco-Friendly, Film & Music Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Civil War Canal Tour

    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