The weather is supposed to start cooling off soon and fall is right around the corner. But there’s still plenty of time to get out there and enjoy some of this beautiful weather. Georgia is beautiful year-round but in the fall it’s the perfect time to get out and do a little hiking or exploring. Here are 4 places within a hours drive or less you can explore around Waynesboro, Georgia.
Located 31 miles north of Waynesboro, Georgia is Augusta. It’s less than an hours drive away and there is plenty to do once you get there. From taking a boat tour on the Augusta Canal to spending some time in the heritage center you’ll easily spend the day learning about the canal and the wildlife that calls the area home. While at the discover center you’ll learn all about the industrial revolution in the American South and how a city used its waterways to reinvent itself and define its destiny.
While you are in Augusta checking out the canal take a little time and explore the riverwalk. The Augusta Riverwalk spans between 6th and 10th Streets in Downtown Augusta along the Savannah River. You never know what you’ll see when exploring the Riverwalk. You could encounter a wedding party, a concert or even a photography session. There are many small venues making it the perfect area for special events or occasions.
George L. Smith State Park
Now we are going to head south, by about 40 miles and check out George L. Smith State Park. The park is a little over 1600 acres with 412 acres being the lake. It is best known for the refurbished Parrish Mill and Pond, a combination gristmill, sawmill, covered bridge, and dam built in 1880. You can even stay the night and camp or stay in one of their cottages, there are 8 cottages to choose from.
Plenty of activities to participate in from taking advantage of there over 8 miles of trails for hiking or biking, rent a boat and spend some time fishing out on the lake or explore the land.
Magnolia Springs State Park
16 miles south of Waynesboro is Magnolia Spring State Park. It’s a great park to visit if you are looking to explore some history with the family. Magnolia Springs State Park spans over 1,000 acres between Perkins and Millen, Georgia. It’s named after, and built around, the crystal-clear spring water that flows through the area. During the Civil War, the area was known as Camp Lawton. During the Civil War, Camp Lawton served as “the world’s largest prison.” Today, there is not much left of the prison stockade.