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Augusta, Georgia

Boat on Augusta Canal
Augusta, Georgia, a Preserve America community, hosts the nation's only industrial power canal still in use. Built in 1845 to harness the power of the Savannah River, the Augusta Canal continues to generate enough electricity to power the Enterprise Mill, selling the rest to the power grid and using the revenue to fund National Heritage Area projects. The Mill, an adaptive reuse project, now houses offices and the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center which provides a video and interactive exhibits on the canal’s history and economic impacts throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Residents and visitors can bike, canoe, kayak, or fish the 8.5 miles of towpath and waterway, or take a guided tour aboard a “Petersburg” replica canal cargo boat.