Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
Augusta, GA 30901
Explore Augusta Canal National Heritage Area on guided tours aboard replica canal boats departing daily from the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. Well-informed guides narrate the open-air trips. Tickets include admission to the Discovery 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.
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 at Savannah Rapids Park includes restored caretaker's cottage, old-time dance pavilion and more.
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
Lockkeepper's Cottage Welcome Center Free
Petersburg Boat 1-hour guided tour $13.75
Petersburg Boat 3-hour guided tour $25
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
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
Augusta Canal Paddle
05/15/2015 - 05/17/2015
On the weekend of May 15, join the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Canoeing Association, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and the Savannah Riverkeeper for our 3rd annual Augusta Canal Paddle. This trip is part of the Conservancy's Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series and allows for a Day Paddle option on Saturday, if you would prefer to join us for the afternoon.
"Built in 1845 as a source of power, water and transportation, the Augusta Canal is the only intact industr...read more