Canal Discovery Walks-Spring 2014
Special Events and Programs
Explore the historic and natural surroundings of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area on Discovery Walks conducted by subject-matter specialists. The twice-monthly walks on Sundays at 3 p.m. start from various Canal locations and last about an hour and a half. Walks are free for members of the Augusta Canal Keepers Society or $2 per adult or $1 per child with an $8 maximum per family group . (The schedule is subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.) For more information call 706-823-0440 extension 2
Click here to download a pdf with full year's walk schedule.
|DATE & TIME|| TOPIC & DESCRIPTION||LEADER & LOCATION|
|March 23 - 3 p.m.||THE FIRST SEIGE OF AUGUSTA; September 1780|
Walk through an important Revolutionary War site, scene of the first siege of Augusta.
|Steven Rauch, Military Historian at US Army Signal Center of Excellence, Fort Gordon GA, adjunct Instructor at Georgia Regents University|
Meet at Sibley Mill parking lot, 1717 Goodrich St.
|Apr. 6 - 3 p.m.||COLD-BLOODED CRITTERS |
Turtles and other Reptiles
Look for and learn about turtles and other reptiles living in and on the Augusta Canal.
|Donna Wear, Ph.D., professor of biology, Georgia Regents University |
Meet at Lock Keeper’s Cottage at Savannah Rapids Park.
|Apr. 27 - 3 p.m.||HAPPY 100th BUTT BRIDGE!|
Centennial anniversary of bridge dedication to Titanic hero
This April marks the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of The Major Archibald Butt Memorial Bridge that spans the canal at 15th Street. Learn more about the heroic Major Butt, the sinking of the Titanic, and the building of the decorative bridge that still carries thousands of cars across the canal today.
|Lynne Hill, Augusta Canal Interpretive Guide|
Meet at Enterprise Mill Courtyard
|May 4 - 3 p.m.||ROCKIN' OUT AT THE QUARRY -|
Stone from this centuries-old quarry was used to build the original canal. Ride and walk through this 300-foot-deep granite quarry and see amazing sights not seen from the banks of the Canal.
|Bill Hubble and David McKnight, members of the Martin Marietta-Augusta management team|
Meet at Canal Lock Keeper's Cottage at Savannah Rapids Park.
|May 18 - 3 p.m.||CAN TROUT LIVE IN THE CANAL?|
Trout Fishery test project
See what local students have learned about raising Rainbow Trout and the water quality components that affect aquatic life in the Augusta Canal.
|Carl Hammond-Beyer, science faculty chairman, Davidson Fine Arts School and principal investigator of the Canal Trout Viability Project|
Meet at boat dock, Savannah Rapids Park
Guided Bicycle Rides -"Pedal through the Past"
Bring your bike and enjoy a ride along the canal towpath with an experienced Augusta Canal tour guide. You’ll learn a bit about the history, engineering and natural surroundings that make the Augusta Canal a National Heritage Area.
The ride from Lake Olmstead to the Raw Water Pump Station passes flood gates, spillways, train trestles, and bridges. You’ll learn about canal structures in use today and see remnants of older structures.
Dates: March 22, May 17, Sept. 22.
On the ride on the upper canal, from the headgates to I-20, you’ll discovery how the Fall Line location of the Savannah River enabled Augusta to build a hydropower canal and enjoy the natural beauty of the tree-lined towpath.
Dates: April 19, June 21, Oct. 18.
Tours offered one Saturday per month at 10 a.m., departing from alternating locations. Rides last about 30 to 45 minutes, one way. Bring your own bike and helmet. A $5 donation is appreciated. For more information, 706-823-0440 x 2.
Moonlight Music Cruises- 2014-TBA
Note: We've moved the Music Cruise info to its own page. Click here to go there.
Talented performers and musical groups entertain on Friday evenings in the Spring and Fall. Bring aboard snacks and beverages of your choice and enjoy live music on a relaxing hour and a half along the scenic canal. $25 per seat. [NOTE: Music Cruises are geared toward adults. We do not recommend infants and young children be brought along, as they may disturb other passengers.]
To see some photos of recent music cruises, CLICK HERE.