Savannah Rapids Park (Historical Canal Headgates & Savannah Rapids Pavilion)
Savannah Rapids Park is a 33-acre passive recreation park that has been a destination for nature lovers for more than 150 years. Set along the Augusta Canal and Reed Creek waterfall, this beautiful site offers a range of activities from running or biking the Augusta Canal Trail, to floating down the canal to Lake Olmstead.
View the Savannah Rapids Youtube video.
View the Columbia County Catalog website.
Savannah Rapids Pavilion
The key venue of the park boasts over 25,000 square feet atop an 80 feet bluff overlooking the stunning Augusta Canal. The two-story, multi-purpose venue is fitting for various types of events; from small meetings of 12, up to large banquet-style events for 750 guests. With functional smaller rooms to the main space, featuring a natural and elegant wood-beamed, vaulted ceiling.
Accommodations include: one commercial grade kitchen, one standard kitchen, cozy fireplace seating greeting guests from the main entrance, upper- and lower-level balconies overlooking the canal and river, and large parking capacities.
To check availability, please view the Columbia County Catalog website. Navigate to your desired venue space and date. Green indicates that the space is fully available for your chosen date. Red indicates that the space is not available. Yellow indicates that the space is partially available for your chosen date. To book indoor spaces, please submit your rental packet here. To book the dance pavilion, dining hall, or BBQ pit, please contact the Savannah Rapids Pavilion Office at 706-868-3349.
The Augusta Canal Trail
Beginning from Savannah Rapids Park, the trail can take you all the way into downtown Augusta. Whether starting at the Towpath and venturing down to the River Levee Trail into downtown Augusta, or taking the Towpath to the Mill Village Trail that'll bring you to the Discovery Center, there are plenty of options for exploring this historic destination. View the Simplified Trails Map (PDF) or more Detailed Trails Map (PDF).
For more information about the Augusta Canal Trail, visit the National Heritage Area's website.
The Lockkeeper's Cottage
Located inside the red-roofed, leisurely picturesque cottage was originally the Lockkeeper's Cottage; circa 1880. Today, overlooking the Savannah River, Augusta Canal, Spanish moss adorned trees, inside you'll find the only state certified visitor center in Columbia County. Available for anyone who wishes to visit, the center offers informational brochures for the entire state of Georgia, as well as the local area, and a pristine veranda with seating overlooking the canal.
Learn more about the Visitor Center website.
Visitors Center Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm, 706-868-3373.
The Historic Canal Headgates Buildings
Dating back to the 1880s, the Dance Pavilion, Dining Hall, BBQ Pit and the headgates themselves make-up the Historic Canal Headgates Buildings. We brought these structures back to life through careful and skilled renovations to preserve their historic relevance. These quaint, yet stunning, structures make an unbeatable venue for an open-air, wedding and reception, or even a family get together.
For more information and to view availability of the Dance Pavilion, Dining Hall, and BBQ Pit.
The Mill House & Picnic Pavilions
Set in the back half of the park, away from main pavilion, the Mill House and picnic pavilions may all be rented. The Mill House, a compact and updated venue, is completely enclosed and temperature controlled for your comfort. Conveniently located near restrooms for your guests and park visitors, it also houses the Bicycle Peddler on the lower-level, where you can rent out bikes for a jaunt down the Towpath.
Meanwhile the tree-lined picnic pavilions offer shade, electricity, and grills, making them an inexpensive option for a get-together.
To view availability and book a picnic pavilion, view the Columbia County Catalog website. Green indicates that the space is fully available for your chosen date. Red indicates that the space is not available. Yellow indicates that the space is partially available for your chosen date. For questions regarding these spaces, please call 706-312-7405.
Kayak & Bike Rentals
The Bicycle Peddler and Savannah Rapids Kayak Rental are conveniently located inside Savannah Rapids Park!
View the Bicycle Peddler website.
View the Savannah Rapids Kayak Rental website.