Of all the places I’ve visited this year my road trip through Georgia has really stuck with me. Don’t get me wrong, every place leaves a mark, but Columbia County, GA is one place that I felt I could have spent more time exploring all there is too see and do. Since returning to a place seldom happens for me I’m going to encourage you to go explore & then hope you’ll tell me stories about your visit.
Top 5 Reasons To Visit Columbia County, GA
The park includes the Augusta Canal and the Visitors Center which is actually the historic Gatekeepers Cottage. Fantastic place to stroll along the river, take a canal tour, kayak, bird watch, learn a bit of history and just enjoy the outdoors in a very beautiful location. By the way, the canal is a National Heritage Site which makes it even more interesting, in my opinion. Located in Martinez.
Named after Lady Antebellum since they reign from Columbia County. The pavilion is a gorgeous place to take in a concert. The park also has a large playground, picnic areas, pavilion and a water feature. There is also a dog park which makes me very happy. If you can’t get to any other event at the pavilion you should try to attend the Banjo & BBQ event held over Memorial weekend. Located in Evans.
I’ve share three great reasons to visit Appling, GA over here. Two of those reasons are because it’s home to the oldest courthouse and oldest church. There is also a nice restored old jail that I like to think could be haunted, but there is no proof of that beyond my active imagination.
Home to the Laurel and Hardy museum and the most creative car museum I’ve ever stumbled across. Definitely worth a stop while you are in the area.
There are so many outdoor activities available in Columbia County. Here are some ones you might want to check out on your next visit:
- International Disc Golf Center–for those that love disc golf this is THE place to play!
- Wildwood Park-Camping, hiking, golfing, boating, fishing and more. Voted best campground in Columbia County.
- Bartram Trail-Perfect for hiking and biking.
- Clarks Hills Lake-Swimming, boating, fishing. The largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi and the lake shares it’s shores with South Carolina (known as J. Strom Thurmond Lake on the SC side).
- Reed Creek Wetlands-Stroll along the boardwalk overlooking the wetlands.
Learn more about Columbia County, GA here.