Monday, November 28, 2011

Augusta Canal, Locks and Headgates, Evans, Georgia

While we were in Augusta, GA, for Thanksgiving my dad had us drive down to the locks along the Savannah River. The weather was great for late November, nearly 70 F.

The locks along the Savannah River were built in the mid-1800s to facilitate river traffic, much of it hauling cotton. The headgates, built in 1875, are still used today. There's a remodeled cottage by the canal that was once used by the lock keeper. The cottage is now a museum. There's also a pavilion nearby that can be used for get-togethers.

In between the canal and Savannah River is the old tow path used by the mules to tow the barges up and down the river. The tow path is now a pleasant running/walk path. You can canoe or kayak down the canal, or during certain times of the year, take a boat tour.

It was a pleasant day to walk around the canal and buildings, and even enjoy some of the Spanish moss on the trees, something we certainly don't see here in Indianapolis!

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