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Beyond "Disgusta": Augusta's Outdoor Delights and Relocation Wonders



As a local, you know that spring in Augusta starts before the rest of the country. Along our

picturesque Savannah River, we have a rich history of southern charm coupled with a warm and

sunny climate, creating the perfect place for an abundance of outdoor activities that cater to

nature enthusiasts of all kinds. People migrate here regularly to stay, specifically those who are

tired of the cold weather and desire a lifestyle that is focused on finding somewhere full of a

diverse range of outdoor experiences. Augusta is a great place to live for those who appreciate

the beauty of the outdoors.


Now that the sun is shining and the trees are beginning to bud, I thought it would be a great time

to discuss some local things that we take for granted. These nature scenes have made our city

gain relocation popularity, driving up those home values.



The Augusta Canal, a National Heritage Area, is a historical gem that offers a perfect blend of

nature and history. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the scenic canal

towpath, taking in the sights of lush greenery and historic structures. Boat tours provide a

unique perspective on the canal's history and its role in shaping Augusta and kayaking allows

those a little more adventurous some space to take in the natural beauty surrounding us

everyday.


Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the expansive Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, a 1,100-acre

oasis teeming with wildlife. Trails and boardwalks wind through diverse ecosystems, offering

opportunities for birdwatching, photography, and peaceful reflection. The park' commitment to

environmental education makes it an ideal spot for families and nature lovers alike. They also

offer special events and tours, like a moonlit hike when the skies are clear.



The Augusta Riverwalk, nestled along the Savannah River, offers a charming blend of green

spaces, public art installations, and scenic views. Stroll along the riverwalk, enjoy a picnic, or

take part in the various events hosted along the riverfront. The tranquil ambiance and river

breeze make it a favorite spot for all ages.


For those seeking water-based activities, Clarks Hill Lake, also known as Strom Thurmond

Lake, is a short drive from Augusta. Boating, fishing, and water sports abound on this expansive lake, providing a refreshing escape from the bustle of city life. There are new companies offering glamping and of course cabins or campsites are available so you can extend your day into the week or weekend.


A scarcely known yet delightful escape for outdoor enthusiasts! Well-maintained trails winding

through lush forests and scenic landscapes, the Forks Trails provide an inviting setting for

hikers, bikers, and nature lovers alike. The trails cater to various skill levels, accommodating

both beginners and seasoned adventurers seeking a refreshing outdoor experience. As you

traverse the paths, you'll encounter a diverse array of flora and fauna, creating an intensely

tranquil environment. The Forks Trails near Augusta are not just a recreational escape; they are

a gateway to the serene beauty of nature, inviting residents and visitors to explore the great

outdoors.


I’ve left my favorite for last, star gazing! Highly populated areas, like ours, are generally very

poor for viewing. But the Deerlick Astronomy Village is a level 3 dark zone located in

Crawfordville, GA about an hour away! Here you can really enjoy the night sky like never before.

Just know that if you decide to camp here, fireside chats are out! No ambient light is allowed

and it’s amazing.



Augusta stands out as a great place to live for various reasons, and because I work with people

relocating here, I am fully aware of the wonderful things people desire to know about our

community. Our strategic location offers easy access to major highways, making it convenient

for travel to nearby cities such as Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah and Charlotte. These cities

make great day trips. So once you’ve tired of enjoying our nature scene, imagine what else you

could discover on a short road trip.


I’m ready to eliminate the phrase “Disgusta” when people talk about our town. Once you start

looking in the right direction, I feel confident you’ll be amazed by all the wonderful opportunities

surrounding you. Everyone else is moving here to enjoy it, it's time we value what we have.



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