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Sep 14

For the Love of North Augusta

By Mayor Briton Williams |

Welcome to North Augusta, South Carolina, a growing city that radiates a small-town feel to its citizens and visitors. 

North Augusta is a great tourist destination for a day trip or a long weekend getaway. Whether you are a history buff, a baseball fan, or just enjoy the outdoors, we have many activities for you to enjoy while in our quaint town.

Our Live, Work, and Play community is Riverside Village, right on the Savannah River. Within Riverside Village is SRP Park, home to the GreenJackets, our minor league affiliate of the World Champion Atlanta Braves. Root for a ball game, then walk to the Sharon Jones Amphitheater for beautiful views of the Savannah River. Or take in a majestic sunset while enjoying a cocktail from Jacksons Bluff Rooftop Bar. Wrap up your day’s ventures with a comfortable stay at the Crowne Plaza, all within walking distance of each other.   

Our Downtown District is the heartbeat of our community. It is filled with boutique shops, new restaurants, a unique coffee and wine bar, and more. Pick up a brochure at our Arts & Heritage Center and take a driving tour of our 30 historical sites in town. While you’re there, check out the gallery in The Center that highlights the artisans and history of our region. Also, enjoy the Rivers, Roads, and Rails permanent exhibit that interprets Aiken as well as the history and character of the area’s other four surrounding counties.

You may also enjoy taking a leisurely walk on our beautiful 7-mile Greeneway Trail. The North Augusta Greeneway is named after former Mayor Thomas Greene, who in 1995 envisioned turning the abandoned railroad right-of-way into an attractive recreational asset for citizens and tourists. Strolling down the Greeneway, you may spot wild deer or beautiful bluebirds eating from bird feeders that our “Friends of the Greeneway” (known locally as FROGS) replenishes. Or consider a bicycle ride through a canopy of shade trees, tunnels, and even a trestle bridge over one of our main roads.

Of our 20 parks in total, Riverview Park, Brick Pond Park, and the Living History Park are the most visited in North Augusta. Each gives you endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in its unique way.

Riverview Park is where you can find tennis courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, baseball and soccer fields, a giant playground, and a huge splash pad for the kids.

Living History Park—located in our Downtown District—is part of the Heritage Corridor Tour that offers live, in-costume demonstrations for a firsthand experience of Colonial Life. You may also enjoy it as a passive greenspace with an 18th-century atmosphere.

Brick Pond Park is a 40-acre restored wetland consisting of two ponds between Riverside Village and the Downtown District. You can fish from a dock on the West Pond, walk various trails, and view 25 different identified and marked plants on the pond trail. You can also observe wildlife, including alligators, from the Pavilion on the East Pond or watch egrets fly to the trees on the edge of the ponds at sunset.

As a small boy living in Augusta, Georgia, James U. Jackson once asked his father why no one had ever built anything on the land across the Savannah River. His father responded, “No one has ever had the vision, my son.” But Jackson did. He grew up to be a man,  purchased this land, and founded North Augusta. Over 100 years later, we are a thriving community that cherishes our history, appreciates its natural beauty, and embraces all aspects that heighten our quality of life. We love where we live, and we want to share what we love with you. Come explore North Augusta for a day or a weekend and experience what makes us affectionately called “South Carolina’s Riverfront.”

Mayor Briton Williams