Accessing the Canal
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Main Office and Canal Discovery Center
1450 Greene Street, Suite 400 Augusta, GA 30901
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- From I-20 exit 200. Turn left onto Riverwatch Parkway & head toward downtown/medical district (approx 5 miles) As you travel past the old textile mills and see sign "Downtown & Medical District" move to Right lane and exit right onto the flyover (the new bridge). Continue in right lane. At 2nd light (intersection of Greene & 15th St) , proceed straight ahead onto Greene Street. Enterprise Mill is immediately ahead. Turn right into Enterprise Mill parking at first or second driveway.Canal Discovery Center is Center door of mail building.
- From downtown hotels: Take either Reynolds or Broad westbound to St. Sebastian Way. Turn left. Proceed to Greene. Right on Greene. Proceed past Enterprise Mill, turn left into parking at west entrance
Driving to Trail Access Points (view Google Map)
Parking is available at each of these locations
Headgates At Savannah Rapids Park: End of Evans-to-Lock Road in Evans (Columbia County)
From I-20 take Exit 200-Riverwatch Parkway. Right on Riverwatch approximately 1 mile to light at Stevens Creek Road. Right on Stevens Creek. 2 miles to 4-way stop on Evans-to-Lock Road. Turn Right. Road ends at park entrance (0.8 mi.). Click here to take a virtual tour of the Headgate area
Water Pumping Station via Goodrich/Canal Levee Dirt Road PRIVATE VEHICLE ACCESS CLOSED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011.
Sibley Mill @ Eve Street Take upper Broad Street or Eve Street to Goodrich Street (entrance to King and Sibley Textile Mills.) Parking available east of Sibley Mill. Pedestrian and bicycles can access the towpath or dirt road to the pumping station. (Only authorized official vehicles can use the road.)
Water Pumping Station via Eisenhower Drive From Washington Road, take Eisenhower Drive to its end. Park in gravel lot near overpass. Walk under highway overpass (Use caution! This is an active railroad right-of-way.) Narrow metal bridge along waterpipe crosses to the towpath and pumping station. Motor vehicles cannot cross here.
Lake Olmstead Pedestrian Bridge (End of Milledge Road). From downtown, take upper Broad Street west to intersection with Milledge Road (Lake Olmstead Park). Turn right and take road until it ends at gravel paring lot. (junctions with Lakeview Drive.) Walk or cycle across bridge
Water Access (view Google map)
Canoers and kayakers can access the canal's first level from a number of low points along the banks. A Canoe launch dock is located below the Petersburg Boat Dock at the Headgate. Use caution near mill intake gates and when approaching the Lake Olmstead bulkhead. Petersburg tour boats have right of way. Gas/diesel powered boats are not allowed on the canal.
A stairway leads from the towpath near the Headgates to a launch dock at the Savannah River. It is located across from the green pedestrian bridge.
River rocks are slick and Savannah River current is deceptively violent and subject to sudden increases due to releases from upstream dams.
The Canal's second and third levels in the downtown area have man-made obstructions, may contain debris and have unpredictable water flows. These areas are hazardous to boaters.