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Level: Easiest
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +0/43 ft
Total: 118 riders
 

Mountain Biking Augusta Canal

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#176 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#9010 in the world

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.

First added by alvin.santoy on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From Augusta, head north on Riverwatch Parkway towards Martinez. Turn right onto Steven's Creek Road. Go approximately 3 miles and turn right onto Evans to Locks Road. The road ends in the parking lot of the Savannah Rapids Pavillion. Ride your bike around the gate at the bottom of the parking lot and head left towards the bridge to cross the canal.
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  • genedona

    It was a great ride on a very well developed River Front. Most of what we rode was like a rails to trails like system, but there was some very nice beginner mountain bike trails connected to the main trail system that my wife and I really enjoyed! Good, good signage everywhere and everything was very well maintained.

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  • MTBCrash29
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    Not much of a "Mountain Bike" trail. Pumping station is the only real single track in the area connected to this trail, but lets face it....If you are in this area and are looking for a single track trail worth riding, go to F.A.T.S., its just down the road, Several trails within this area that are more mountain bike ready. Trail has areas that travel along the canal that are not the greatest.

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  • leh85940
    *****

    Awesome flat trail with a mix of dirt, gravel and pavement. Can be busy on the weekend with people walking. Lovely view of the water!

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  • jaybird57
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    Nice flat ride along the dirt roads of the canal and through parts of urban areas of Augusta.

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  • C-Lo   ✓ supporter
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    This is a good path if you want to burn some time and enjoy nature without going to far from home. I liked listening to the rapids while riding on the trail. A lot of walkers and runners on the path. The path is literally a dirt road (Georgia Red Dirt) almost all the way. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

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  • BaneGoorb
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    Good way to burn a few calories. Wide, easy trail with an 2.4-mile MTB loop at the pump house trailhead for those feeling a bit froggy. Very popular when the weather is cool. Lots of runners, dogs (never run into any aggressive ones though!), walkers, etc.

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  • Cannon5
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    The Augusta Canal Authority and the local biking community has done a great job with the canal trail and the singletrack mountain bike trail. It is amazing what has been done in the last few years to this area.

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  • ****

    This is a flat trail, good for those who just want to cruise.

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  • Jeff Barber
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    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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  • *****

    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
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    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
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    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

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  • jayzilla
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    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.

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  • flamingotter
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    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.

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  • TheOlacks
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    *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
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    **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
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    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
    *****

    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
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    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
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    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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