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on 4/11/14 by dgaddis
 
  
Augusta Canal
Avg Rating: (3.71 out of 5) 17 trail reviews
Difficulty: Easiest bike trail - Easiest
Length: 12 miles Global Rank: #5502
Tread: Fire Road Configuration: Out & Back
Ridden: 73 Wishlist: 16
16 trail check-ins
Average Speed: 7.8 mph Average Time: 1hr 31min
 
 
 
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You can leave your suspension forks at home for the ride on the canal, but do bring an extra water bottle along--the Georgia humidity is a biker's worst nightmare. The singletrack starts at the pumping station by the railroad tracks. There are two well marked loops, a red (about 4 miles) and white (about 3 miles). If you stick to the canal, the ride can be a leisurely Saturday afternoon stroll with the family, an intense endurance-building workout or a shortcut to historic downtown Augusta. Be sure to check out what's going on at Riverwalk. There are often concerts or shows at the ampitheater, a large Christmas tree and festive decorations in the winter, and in the summer there is a large fountain of water in the center of Riverwalk to cool off in. You can also grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, visit Fort Discovery or the Augusta Art Museum, and have a snowcone.

added by mudhunny Singletrack on December 31, 2002

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jeff on October 17, 2013
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Review: For what this is--a flat, wide dirt path--it's pretty awesome. Great views and even opportunities for singletrack along the ride. Plus the canal is a great option for getting between the suburbs and downtown.

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cabermedia on May 26, 2013
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Review: Runner: north from pump house, ie Augusta Waterworks building, is packed gravel, flat and shady... great for summer runs/rides. South of the pump house is open, flat, not much shade. It's an easy getaway from metro Augusta that doesn't have many places to run/ride without competing with traffic.

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jfigel76 on September 18, 2012
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Review: Flat, shaded, dirt and nice views. You can drive a car down the trail but not the bridges. Good after work ride or recovery ride.

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klowe8828 on August 17, 2012
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Review: just a flat, after work take the kids biking kind of trail. there are several little pump tracks just off the trail if you look for them. relaxing ride to take in the scenery, but nothing difficult

Similar Trail: north augusta greenway

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jcwilliams on March 27, 2012
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Review: Great for Beginners. Canal trail gives you 7 miles one way on flat dirt/gravel. Single track by pumping station is perfect for beginners. Fairly narrow, no major elevations, only a couple technical spots. Harder to ride when wet b/c trail is all dirt ...very clean so rain gets it kind of loose. Short razor's edge section for experienced riders only - 2-3 foot trail with 10-20 foot drop off over river bank, with portruding roots...Fun Though!

* Review edited 3/27/2012

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jayzilla on November 21, 2011
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Review: The Augusta Canal is a great way to spend the afternoon in the CSRA. Running from The Savannah Rapids Park into downtown Augusta the trail gives easy access to what I have deemed the sweet spot - a little place on the river to stop and enjoy the scenery. The trail features I believe 3 porta potties along the way.

Similar Trail: North Augusta Greenway

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flamingotter on June 3, 2010
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Review: This is a great trail to work on your cardio and have a little fun. I like to start at the locks and make my way to the Pumping station for a couple of laps and then continue down to the Canal to BMX track near Olmsted park. I like to work in Whoop-De-Dos of the BMX park to refine my pumping skills. Then I head back to the locks at full speed and then crank up the giant hill to the parking lot.

Similar Trail: Bartram trail

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TheOlacks on November 10, 2009
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Review: *UPDATE* There is a walkway through the construction. A sign is posted asking bikers to walk their bikes through the work zone, but you can make it all the way downtown from the canal head.

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Pandemonium on June 1, 2009
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Review: **Update** Since the water works has been doing their construction, I thought I'd update this to let everyone know that once you reach the water works on the canal ride, it's a sudden stop and completely fenced in so continuing to downtown is impossible. This trail is still a great endurance trial (early morning to avoid the usual slower trafficking trail-goers that pace here). I simply like to time trial to the look-out point prior to the water works (~3 miles) and then back again. Since I'm just picking up biking again, it's a great build for stamina! The scenery during sunrise and sunset are incredible, especially if you can take the time to view the sun glimmering over the river and dam. Great sights!

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danny1975 on August 17, 2008
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Review: Trail is great for cyclist looking to increase cardio endurance or just take a easy relaxing ride. There are times that a lot of other cyclist, walkers, runners etc. are on the track, so be aware.

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ejmeas on June 19, 2007
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Review: This is a fun and fast trail. Though pedestrians can be a problem most of them are considerate and will make way for you. The trail is nice and transitions between hard-ball and packed dirt. Once you have passed the railroad tracks the rest of the trail is dirt with some uneven terrain, but nothing too bad. If you cross the railroad track in the direction towards the old mill be advised that you may get stuck behind a train on your return trip. Good for training or just for a nice morning/afternoon ride.

* Review edited 6/21/2007

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smcord1 on October 5, 2005
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Review: The Augusta Canal is a fun and easy ride. The single track part of it is pretty narrow, so your legs brush up against the vegetation sometimes. The double-track part is really easy. You can take a detour and sit down by the Savannah River at a few spots and take in the scenery. This is not for speed...too many pedestrians.

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bananablue on November 18, 2004
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Review: I live in Augusta, and the large, flat, boring yet beautiful canal trail is good for Sundays. Sunny Sundays that is. If you make a a turn towards the River at the Pump Station you find a jungle of mystery trails. It's quite easy to navigate through these more difficult (as in slope and vegitation) trails as long as you keep a heads up for limbs and riders coming at you. True, the humidity in GA can be insane and the hills get slippy but its great if your learning.....slooooowly..

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smalltalker on February 11, 2004
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Review: First, let me say that this is NOT a singletrack trail. This is an old canal trail where the mules used to pull the canal boats. That said, I like to include this levy ride on my 40 mile training loop. When I do, I leave out the singletrack pumping station trail. (see my review of that trail also) This is a smooth, well maintained trail with a beautiful view of the Augusta Canal and a nice resting area by the side of the Savannah River. (Nothing like a cool dip or wade in the river in the middle of a HOT day's ride.) Bring the whole family. On 2/8/2004, there was a lot of construction going on at the New Savannah Bluff where most people park, so you need to carry your bike down about 100 steps to the trail and back up afterward. You avoid the steps by coming from Broad St. at King Mill.

Similar Trail: North Augusta Greenway

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: When your riding on the canal it's very easy. Although it does cause you to sweat because of the sand in certain places. When you reach the pumping station turn left before the tracks and go into the woods. There it becomes slightly difficult beacause of the mud holes and overgrown trails. Infact you should be careful of low trees. I myself hae a cut on my forehead from a low hanging limb. So wear a helmet.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: This trail has become very nice in the past year. Well maintained and very technical in parts. No more deep md holes and low branches. I would also bring the suspension fork for this one.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: it is good you start out with 2 options you can go on the flat main trail or the main actuall off-road trail that has jumps sharp turns ect. or the main road which is flat all of the way it is 12 miles for the flat main

Similar Trail: lick fork

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