There's lots to do in Columbia County!

You’ll find so much to do in Columbia County, from adventure sports to historical explorations. Clarks Hill Lake, the Savannah River, Mistletoe State Park, Wildwood Park, the Augusta Canal headgates and Savannah Rapids Park beckon fishermen, disc golf players, mountain bikers, paddlers and anyone else who enjoys outdoor fun. The Laurel & Hardy Museum, Appling Courthouse, Grovetown Museum and other historic places will introduce you to Columbia County’s history, both fun and significant. Columbia County offers places to play, places to eat and places to stay for your family vacation. Start your explorations at the Savannah Rapids Regional Visitor Information Center. Whatever your interest, it’s here.

Appling Courthouse

Built in 1812, the Appling Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in Georgia that is still in use for court matters.

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1958 Appling-Harlem Highway
Appling, GA 30802
9am-4pm every Tuesday (except holidays)

Savannah Rapids Regional Visitor Information Center

Located inside the building that was originally the Gatekeeper’s Cottage, our Visitor’s Center overlooks the picturesque Augusta Canal Headgates and the Savannah River, and is the only state certified visitor center in Columbia County. View a re-creation of what the Lockkeeper's bedroom would have been like when he lived and worked here. You will also see a pictorial history of Columbia County and learn the significance of the Augusta Canal to the City of Augusta and the surrounding areas.

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3300 Evans-to-Locks Road
Martinez, GA 30907

Augusta Canal National Heritage

Paddle or explore the canal by guided Petersburg boat tour, or hike/bike the towpath.  The Augusta Canal flows from the headgates at Columbia County’s scenic Savannah Rapids Park past miles of historic and natural landscape.

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1450 Green Street, Suite 400
Augusta, GA 30901
706-823-0440 or 888-659-8926

International Disc Golf Center

Visit the Disc Golf Hall of Fame, the Ed Headrick Memorial Museum filled with an impressive collection of disc golf memorabilia, and a combination Pro Shop and Clubhouse at the International Disc Golf Center. The staff of the Professional Disc Golf Association operates the facility and provides training for visitors to use the three championship disc golf courses at Columbia County’s Wildwood Park on Clarks Hill Lake.

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3828 Dogwood Lane
Appling, GA 30802

Lady Antebellum Pavilion

This beautiful pavilion was named after Lady Antebellum, whose band members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are from Columbia County. The park has a large playground, picnic areas, pavilion and a water feature. A dog park is also at Evans Towne Center Park, perfect for your four legged friend to roam and play.

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7016 Evans Town Center
Evans, GA 30809

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Enjoy a few laughs as you discover the legacy of Oliver Norville Hardy, born in Harlem, Georgia, in Columbia County. The Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem, Georgia celebrates Hardy and his comedic partner, Stan Laurel, every day. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. The Museum accepts donations for admission.

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250 N. Louisville Street
Harlem, GA 30814

Wildwood Park

Get your game on – Wildwood Park is the most unique park on Clarks Hill Lake, and features three championship disc golf courses at the IDGC, horse riding trails, hiking and mountain biking trails, picnic area, fishing, boat ramps, RV campsites, swimming beach, and the International Disc Golf Center and Disc Golf Hall of Fame. Wildwood Park was voted Best Campground in Columbia County and Metro Augusta by readers of the Columbia County Magazine numerous times.

4634 Wrightsboro Road
Grovetown, GA 30802

Bartram Trail

Hike, run and mountain bike through peaceful pine forest and along the shores of Clarks Hill Lake on this famous trail. Click here for a map of the area.

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Clarks Hill Lake

Fish, swim, paddle and play at Clarks Hill Lake (known to neighboring South Carolina residents as J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam at Clarks Hill), the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi. Millions of people visit the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences – making Clarks Hill one of the 10 most visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation.

The lake extends 39.4 miles up the Savannah River, 29 miles up the Little River, and 6.5 miles up the Broad River in Georgia, and 17 miles up the Little River in South Carolina. At normal pool elevation of 330 mean sea level, Clarks Hill comprises nearly 71,100 acres of water with a 1,200 mile shoreline. The entire “Project” contains 151,000 acres of land and water.

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Feathered Friends Forever

The Nations Largest Tropical Parrot Rescue

For a colorful morning or afternoon, visit this rescue/refuge for about 800 tropical birds, and official U.S. retirement center for Amazon Parrots. Housing over 1,400 Tropical Parrots

Visiting Hours:
- Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM - 4 PM
- Week days for groups, social events and field trips by appointment only.
- Tour Guides Available

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612 Byrd Drive
Harlem, GA 30814

Fort Gordon

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Bowl at Gordon Lanes Bowling Center, schedule a trail ride at Hilltop Riding Stables, practice your 3D archery skills at the Tactical Advantage Sportsman’s Complex, and visit the Signal Corp Museum to explore military communications from the 1800s to the present.

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Grovetown History Museum

Take a walk through the past as you explore the Grovetown Museum’s many artifacts and photos of early pioneers, and its collection of progressive military paraphernalia. Free admission; donations accepted.

Hours: Fri: 10am-4pm
Sat/Sun 1-4pm

106 W. Robinson Avenue
Grovetown, GA 30814

Historic Harlem

When the rowdy citizens of Saw Dust, GA infuriated their quieter neighbors, those neighbors packed up and moved east one mile to found Harlem in 1870, a town that, unlike Saw Dust, didn’t sell liquor.

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Kiokee Baptist Church

The congregation was established as the state’s first Baptist church in 1772.

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2520 Ray Owens Road
Appling, GA 30802

Monkey Joe's

The kids will love the wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses at this indoor play house. Perfect for a rainy day!

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368 Fury's Ferry Road, Suite 2
Martinez, GA 30907

Putt-Putt Golf & Games

Enjoy two 18-hole courses through a "safari" motif, with elephants, giraffes, and more; aquatic bumper boats, batting cages, climbing maze, lazer tag, and arcade games for plenty of family fun.

3763 Martinez Boulevard
Martinez, GA 30907

Reed Creek Wetlands Interpretive

Stroll along the boardwalk overlooking the wetlands and learn a little about the local flora and fauna at this facility, located in the heart of Martinez off Fury’s Ferry Road, on the same site as Reed Creek Wetlands. It’s the perfect location for the small birthday party or garden club luncheon.

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3820 Park Lane
Martinez, GA 30907

Mastermind Escape Games

If you enjoy problem solving, collaboration, and working under pressure, then Mastermind Escape Games will be your new favorite activity. Escape rooms are a new form of reality gaming where players are locked in a room, provided a mission, and given 60 minutes to get out. In order to escape you'll have to search the room for hints and clues that help you solve problems. You may find a container that needs a passcode to open, or a lock that needs a key. If you search hard enough you can figure out pass codes, open all the locks, discover hidden objects, and ultimately free yourself!

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3940 Washington Road Unit A
Augusta, GA 30907

Romp through a corn maize in the fall. Then enjoy holiday lights in winter.

Steeds Dairy and Corn Maze
4634 Wrightsboro Road
Grovetown, GA 30802

Lights of the South
Off I-20, Appling/Harlem Exit 183, near Grovetown, GA. 633 Louisville Road
Grovetown, GA 30802

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1000 Business Blvd
Evans, GA 30809

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