Sun, May 19, 2024

Real Talk Real Estate: Beyond ‘Disgusta’: Augusta’s outdoor delights and relocation wonders

As a local, you know that spring in Augusta starts before the rest of the country. Along our picturesque Savannah River, we have a rich history of southern charm coupled with a warm and sunny climate, creating the perfect place for an abundance of outdoor activities that cater to nature enthusiasts of all kinds. People migrate here regularly to stay, specifically, those who are tired of the cold weather and desire a lifestyle that is focused on finding somewhere full of a diverse range of outdoor experiences. Augusta is a great place to live for those who appreciate the beauty of the outdoors.

Now that the sun is shining and the trees are beginning to bud, I thought it would be a great time to discuss some local things that we take for granted. These nature scenes have made our city gain relocation popularity, driving up those home values.

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

The Augusta Canal, a National Heritage Area, is a historical gem that offers a perfect blend of nature and history. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the scenic canal towpath, taking in the sights of lush greenery and historic structures. Boat tours provide a unique perspective on the canal’s history and its role in shaping Augusta and kayaking allows those a little more adventurous some space to take in the natural beauty surrounding us every day.

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the expansive Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, a 1,100-acre oasis teeming with wildlife. Trails and boardwalks wind through diverse ecosystems, offering opportunities for birdwatching, photography, and peaceful reflection. The park’s commitment to environmental education makes it an ideal spot for families and nature lovers alike. They also offer special events and tours, like a moonlit hike when the skies are clear.

Riverside Serenity at the Savannah Riverwalk

The Augusta Riverwalk, nestled along the Savannah River, offers a charming blend of green spaces, public art installations, and scenic views. Stroll along the riverwalk, enjoy a picnic, or take part in the various events hosted along the riverfront. The tranquil ambiance and river breeze make it a favorite spot for all ages.

Adventure at the Clarks Hill Lake

For those seeking water-based activities, Clarks Hill Lake, also known as Strom Thurmond Lake, is a short drive from Augusta. Boating, fishing, and water sports abound on this expansive lake, providing a refreshing escape from the bustle of city life. There are new companies offering glamping and of course cabins or campsites are available, so you can extend your day into the week or weekend.

Forks Area Trails System

A scarcely known yet delightful escape for outdoor enthusiasts! Well-maintained trails winding through lush forests and scenic landscapes, the Forks Trails provide an inviting setting for hikers, bikers, and nature lovers alike. The trails cater to various skill levels, accommodating both beginners and seasoned adventurers seeking a refreshing outdoor experience. As you traverse the paths, you’ll encounter a diverse array of flora and fauna, creating an intensely tranquil environment. The Forks Trails near Augusta are not just a recreational escape; they are a gateway to the serene beauty of nature, inviting residents and visitors to explore the great outdoors.

Deerlick Astronomy Village

I’ve left my favorite for last, star gazing! Highly populated areas, like ours, are generally very poor for viewing. But the Deerlick Astronomy Village is a level 3 dark zone located in Crawfordville, GA about an hour away! Here you can really enjoy the night sky like never before.

Just know that if you decide to camp here, fireside chats are out! No ambient light is allowed and it’s amazing.

Augusta stands out as a great place to live for various reasons, and because I work with people relocating here, I am fully aware of the wonderful things people desire to know about our community. Our strategic location offers easy access to major highways, making it convenient for travel to nearby cities such as Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah, and Charlotte. These cities make great day trips. So, once you’ve tired of enjoying our nature scene, imagine what else you could discover on a short road trip.

I’m ready to eliminate the phrase “disgusta” when people talk about our town. Once you start looking in the right direction, I feel confident you’ll be amazed by all the wonderful opportunities surrounding you. Everyone else is moving here to enjoy it, it’s time we value what we have.

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