Outdoor Activities / Parks & Rec
The outdoors and recreational pursuits are practiced year round in Augusta, Georgia thanks to mild temperatures, major water bodies, trails and an overall active culture.
Cyclists, runners and walkers find Augusta offers a wealth of trails, such as the towpath along the Augusta Canal, or on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River, the 37-mile Forks Area Trail System (F.A.T.S.) mountain bike trails and the paved North Augusta Greenway. The Augusta Riverwalk is another great place to take a stroll along the Savannah River any time of year, but especially in spring when the azaleas and other flowers are blooming.
Many people equate Augusta with the Masters® Golf Tournament, held here at the Augusta National Golf Club each April. While most people will never get the opportunity to play golf at Augusta National, Augusta and the surrounding area boast more than 20 private and 15 public golf courses that invite golfers of all skill levels.
Water sports are a natural in Augusta, whether you paddle your kayak or canoe down the Savannah River from the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, or paddle from the Augusta Canal into Lake Olmstead. Nearby is Clarks Hill Lake (also known as Lake J. Strom Thurmond), 70,000 acres of Corps of Engineers-managed waters that are accessible to fishermen, boaters, swimmers, paddlers and anyone else who loves life on the water.
Other favorite activities include playing disc golf at Lake Olmstead Park, watching the wildlife at Phinizy Swamp & Nature Park, or enjoying a great game of baseball at Lake Olmstead Stadium with the professional minor league Augusta Greenjackets.
Augusta Recreation and Parks
Augusta Recreation and Parks, recently recognized as the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District I Agency of the Year, operates more than 70 park sites and 1,500 acres of parkland that feature a wide variety of facilities with family oriented leisure activities for all ages.