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Augusta Canal Trail

Average Rating:    (4.23 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 31

This is on of the best technical trails in the area, and also the most beautiful ride I've been on. It was lots of quick drops and turns, a few good sustained climbs and many quick turns at the tops and bottom of the little ups and downs. There are many different loops allowing you to go on a little 1 mile ride all the way out to about a 8.5 miler. I would reccommend taking it slow the first couple times out then go after it. But you absolutely must take the low road along the river, you will see a soft beautiful area of the Savannah River that most will never take the time or energy to find.
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Latitude
30.751277776257812
Longitude
-83.5400390625
Trail Directions
Follow the Augusta Canal Bike path to the RR tracks, about 4 miles from the start of the trail at the Steven Creek Dam, or access from downtown on raod along the canal. Once you get to the gate, follow the tracks toward the river and you can't miss it.
Trail Length
various, depending on loops chosen
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Augusta
   


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Review Date
May 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 65Matt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I thought it was a fun fast trail. Despite all the bickering here, the trail is well-maintained, fast, flowing in areas, and tight & twisty in other areas. Not overly technical (rock gardens, log crossings, etc.) but a fun trail.

If you follow the direction the sign tells you to go, you dont have to worry about running into someone on a blind corner.

A big thanks to the people that maintain the trail!

Recommended Route:
We started near the pump station and just took the big loop. Dont worry about which way to go, there is a sign that tells you depending on if it's an odd or even day.



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Review Date
September 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: joxur223 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Pics of the single track:
http://www.edcoyle.com/gallery/canal_trail

Pics of the larger canal road:
http://www.edcoyle.com/gallery/sep04_augustacanal



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Review Date
September 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: joxur223 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of my favorite in the area if only for it's convenience to my apartment. The single track is very fun, either somewhat challenging with some steep hills that catch you unexpected, or just a nice cruise through the woods.

If you park at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion you'll give yourself a nice little 3.5 mile cardio workout on the way to the trail.

The singletrack itself winds quite a bit and I'm not certain I've even seen all of the different loops. The area that parallels the savannah river is fun.

SORBA-CSRA recently cleaned up some storm damage (as of Sept 16th) so it's great to ride again.

The best part about this trail is how acessible it is - you can pop in after work with plenty of daylight left and get a good hour in, without a long haul to other trails such as Wine Creek.

Recommended Route:
Park at either the Greenjackets stadium lot, the savannah rapids pavilion or come down the main canal trail and park at the pumping station, depending on how much time you have.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wine Creek, Turkey Creek, Bartram Lake, Hickory Knob State Park



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Review Date
January 6, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: meonlyme ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The foundational trails here were indeed existing decades before the biking enthusiasts made it a great series of challenging routes. From the Pumping Station downriver to the area of the Rae's Creek aqueducts one could drive a car on what was a road with squatter homes back in the 1970s. Once roofing trash was dumped here and there and houses burned out by the city, the roads became nothing but bike trails of remaining legend squatters like John Huff. His piles of old bike parts are scattered through the woods in places, marking his various camp sites. 1960s-70s aerial photos at the Augusta planning office show these roads. Extra trails were built by Huff. Anyway - a little history on it and such for a series of amazing bike trails which were improved and made more numerous by mountain biking clubs and stuff I suppose. The easily eroding trails are the most recent and the established ones usually have less of this or no such problem. I can email anyone copies of scanned photos of the area from 1960s showing how the fields, forests, and roads were here. It is neat stuff. Houses, some were permenant types, were here too. Things have changed so much.

Recommended Route:
Park at aqueduct falls and follow trail at RR north under River Watch Pkwy bridge, around ponds near river and onto the Water pumping station, then ease back along the leveeto your car (or park at pumps and do the reverse). The closest trail to river has near impossible climbs for bikes and is very near river shore. Be careful. The alluvial flood-depositied sand here easily erodes. Nonetheless, this is in any of the myriad of routes a wonderful workout and is especially fun at sunset or morning sunrise when the place seems magical.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Augusta Canal is best I have tried



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Review Date
August 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: swankmotee ,  Racer , from Nashville,Tn Davidson

Summary:
As a Ex-Native Augustan, I was pleasantly surprised by the Canal trail, just wish there was more of it! Realizing that the corridor is limited ,it was the best use of the natural layout and alot of fun! But, the HUMIDITY in July is still the way I remember it, SICK! I build trails for our local bike outfit up here and I can honestly say that there are some dedicated folks in the CSRA doing some great work. I hope to get to ride more of the local dirt when I visit again. Keep up the good work!

Recommended Route:
Round and Round!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sumter National Forest trails, Turkey Creek, MistleToe



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