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Waterfalls and Natural Swimming Holes

Waterfalls and Natural Swimming Holes

Waterfalls and Natural Swimming Holes

Cool off this summer in a fun way! Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina are home to some of the best natural swimming and wading spots in the Southeast. Most of them have a driving distance of under 3 hours! Your kids will love it and it makes for a great getaway! 

COVID UPDATE: Please note, due to COVID-19, there might be restrictions and closures. 

Local Spots

Savannah River Access – Augusta Water Works

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– Kid-Friendly
– Grass Space for Blankets
– Access To The Savannah River

The quickest access point is from Eisenhower Park. Walk down the tracks, bear left and over the bridge. Bear a left off the bridge and walk down to the end of the sidewalk. If you look to your right…you will see a small clearing that leads to a trail that takes you to the waterway. Please be careful…it is steep.

Hammonds Ferry Sand Bar

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– Kid-Friendly
– Grass Space for Blankets
– Access To The Savannah River
– Gazebo Nearby
– North Augusta Greeneway Access

The Sandbar is located by the boat dock near Boeckh Park in Hammonds Ferry. Be mindful of your surroundings. Never approach wildlife.

The Clearing – Augusta Canal

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– Kid-Friendly
– Grass Space for Blankets
– Access To The Savannah River
– Picnic Tables 

The Quickest Access Point Is From The Eisenhower Park. Walk alongside the railroad tracks, hang a left, go over the canal bridge and then make a left. Walk down the trail and you will come upon the Clearing on the Right. Please be mindful of wildlife and be cautious on the rocks.

Aqueduct Park – Augusta Canal Trail

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– Kid-Friendly
– Flat Rocks For Sitting
– Safe to Swim and Wade
– Rocks are Very Slippery. We Recommend Water Shoes.

You can access the Aqueduct Park from the Augusta Canal near the Lake Olmstead Trailhead. Take the Mill Village Trail and you will find it on your right. Be cautious on the rocks.

Richardson’s Lake 

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– Kid-Friendly
– Beach Sand and Tables
– Water Park Features
– No Coolers Inside The Park
– Low Admission Cost 

State Parks With Swimming Areas

Day Trip Ideas Under Three Hours

Long Shoals Wayside Park

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Just off Scenic Hwy 11
Pickens, SC 29671

– Kid Friendly
– Shoals Are Gentle and Flat
– Picnic Tables Are Present
– Smooth Enough For Tubes

2 Hours and 52 Minutes From North Augusta

Riley Moore Falls

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Sumter National Forest
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664

– Kid Friendly
– Large Pool With Sandy Beach
– Prepare To Hike
– No Facilities On Site 

2 Hours and 52 Minutes From North Augusta

Horseshoe Falls

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Horseshoe Falls Rd.
Enoree, SC 29335

– Kid Friendly
– Large Pool With Sandy Beach
– Prepare To Hike
– No Facilities On Site 

2 Hours and 52 Minutes From North Augusta

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms

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1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC

– Kid Friendly
– 25 Ft Pool With A Grassy Area Nearby
– Covered Pavilion
– Must Pass Swim Test/Children Must Wear Life Vests
– $15/Person During Open Swim Times

2 Hours and 52 Minutes From North Augusta

Chau Ram County Park

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1220 Chau Ram Park Rd.
Westminster, SC 29693

– Kid Friendly
– Sandy Beaches and Rapids
– Playground Nearby
– Picnic Shelters, Campgrounds with Sites & More

2 Hours and 52 Minutes From North Augusta

Helton Creek Falls

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US Hwy. 129 S.
Blairsville GA 30512

– Kid Friendly
– Easy Walk
– Rocks Are Slippery

3 Hours and 38 Minutes From North Augusta

Tallulah Gorge State Park

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338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr.
Tallulah Falls GA 30573

– Kid Friendly
– Campsites
– Sand Beach
– Playgrounds
– Suspension Bridge

2 Hours and 52 Minutes From North Augusta

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