A great way to stay active while enjoying the beauty of nature is going on a hike. The morning breeze on a nice summer day combined with the views provide a perfect escape while staying in your hometown. Lace up your shoes and get ready to explore 5 of our favorite local hiking trails in the CSRA!
Augusta Canal Trail
The Augusta Canal Trail runs 8 miles along some of the most beautiful nature and unique history of Augusta. The packed-dirt trail is mainly flat, making it an easy spot for beginners or bicyclists. Expect to take in the beauty of the Savannah Rapids and walk along the Savannah River at the start of your hike and explore some of Augusta’s history at the Lake Olmstead Trailhead, near Sibley Mill.
Cathedral Aisle Trail
Located in Aiken, Cathedral Aisle runs just under a mile but is rich in history. It was originally part of a route built by The South Carolina Railroad & Canal Company and is one of the nation’s oldest railroad trails. The dirt and sand-based trail is available for both hiking and horseback riding.
North Augusta Greeneway
This trail is just over 5 miles and runs through the riverfront community of North Augusta. There is a very mild incline that even beginners can handle. Even though the Greeneway is surrounded by neighborhoods, you will still be able to enjoy nature with the shade of the trees covering the trail.
River Levee Trail
For a scenic paved route, try the 2 mile River Levee Trail. It starts at the Lake Olmstead Trailhead and runs adjacent to Riverwatch Parkway. Look out for the Rae’s Creek Aqueduct and a 200-foot cable suspension bridge for a picture-worthy view of downtown Augusta’s skyline.
Ten Governors Rail Trail
This trail is located in the Edgefield, South Carolina area and was named after – you guessed it – ten governors who were influential in South Carolina’s history. The trail is decorated with ten granite markers throughout that include short biographies of each governor. Ten Governors is also lighted for 24-hour use.