The Power of Water: Augusta Canal

Augusta Canal helped usher the Industrial Revolution into the South by harnessing Savannah River to power mills and factories, including the Confederate Powder Works. One of the only intact, functioning American 19th century industrial power canal systems and home to diverse plants and animals of the southeastern Fall Line, Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is an oasis for outdoor recreation.

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Petersburg Boat Tours

Daily tours on our guided Petersburg boats make history come alive. Float past 200 years of landmarks and watch for a wide array of wildlife.

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History & Heritage

Enjoy interactive exhibits, movies and demonstrations at the Augusta Canal’s Interpretive Center located inside a former textile mill.

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Towpath & Trails

Enjoy the scenic canal towpath, a wide, level path where draft animals once towed cargo boats, plus trails for mountain biking and paddling.

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Confederate Powder Works

Most the gunpowder for the Confederate armed forces was made here. View an augmented reality recreation of the complex with your smartphone.

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