We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area (ACNHA). It is a gem that has been renewed by the hard work of many people over many years. It is one of only 49 National Heritage Areas in the United States and we are fortunate to have it in our community. So please make an extra effort to take good care of this special place we all enjoy.
At the present time, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area does not charge a usage permit fee for organized events. However, a donation to the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, Inc., our 501(c)3 non-profit, is greatly appreciated. You or your organization can also help by becoming a member of the Augusta Canal Keepers Society. Your support shows your commitment to protecting the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. Donations are used to improve the recreational features such as new docks, sings, trailside picnic shelters and so forth. More info is at www.augustacanal.com/support.php.
The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area (ACNHA) is popular for organized runs, walks and similar events. In order to avoid conflicts all event organizers must get advanced approval and abide by all procedures and rules.
This application covers use of all ACNHA trails including the Towpath, River Levee Trail, Mill Village Trail, and Canal Walk; the Clearing (grassy area next to river), Lake Olmstead Trailhead(0 Milledge road), and the Canal waterway.
Augusta Canal Authority Contact
Julianna Shurtleff, Development and Volunteer Coordinator
706-823-0440 ext. 8
Certain parts of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area are under the control of other organizations, so, depending on which areas you are using, you may also need to contact them.
Others permission you may need for:
Savannah Rapids Park including building/shelter rentals, and parking lot:
Lake Olmstead Park (lake and picnic areas, barbeque pit, Julian Smith Casino etc.): Augusta Richmond Parks and Recreation Department
Chrislynne Kuhlke, Rental Facilities Coordinator
Pick date and time (and alternate) for your event. [For planning purposes, see calendar at www.augustacanal.com/events.php] Also check with us for possible non-posted schedule conflicts. NOTE: Your event is not finalized until all steps are complete and approval is granted by the Augusta Canal Authority.
Complete Event Application Information and email to the Augusta Canal Authority.
Augusta Canal Authority reviews and approves your event and sends you written approval via email.
Distribute copy of rules to all involved in the event: including planners, day of event, and clean up volunteers/staff.
If requested and pre-approved: Sign out and pick up temporary vehicle permit up to three days before the event.
Remove all trash and event materials (see rule #3)
Check all restrooms (see rule #7)
Return keys, if used, not later than next business day following your event.
Report number of participants and volunteers to us by email or phone. (This information is included in our annual report to the National Park Service report and helps justify the need for federal and other funding for the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area.)
Access can be denied for future events if these rules are not followed.
NOTE: Improper markings, damage to property, and uncollected trash will be reported as vandalism to the Richmond County Sheriff and/or Richmond County Marshall.
Access: Trails and facilities will not be closed for your event’s exclusive use. Allow access for all users including bikers, joggers, and walkers. Do not block any area at any time. Always be considerate of others using trails and parking area.
Vehiclesare not allowed on the towpath without a permit.
Permits are only issued if absolutely necessary.
Vehicles are never permitted to drive across the footbridge just below the Headgates.
Be aware that motor vehicles from Augusta Utilities Department or Augusta Canal Authority may be on the trail for official purposes.
Trash:Event trash must be removed at the end of the event. Be sure to pick up all event materials and trash (water bottles, signs, tape used for marking course etc.) along race course at the end of the event.
Event Signs and Directional Markings:Event signs can be placed in the ACNHA the morning of the event but must be removed immediately after the event. Paint of any kind to mark course is not allowed. If tape is used to mark the course it must be removed immediately after the event. (Flour is an acceptable option to mark the course.)
Alcoholis not allowed in the ACHNA at any time.
Amplification and Tents:Both of these are discouraged and must have approval.
Restrooms and Portable Toilets:
Locations. On the Towpath there is one port-o-let between the Headgates and the Clearing, and one just above the raw Water Pumping Station. There are waterless composting Men’s/Women’s toilet facilities at the Clearing and on the River Levee Trail at the Sibley Tailrace Bridge. There are men’s and women’s restrooms with water and baby changing platforms at the Lake Olmstead Trailhead Entrance.
Checking and Restocking. If your participants will be using any of these facilities you must check them after your event and also restock the toilet paper.
Additional port-o-lets. If your event is larger than 45 people and depending on where your will be, you may need to rent additional port-o-lets. Our approved vendor is Scotty Potty 706-592-5685. Other vendors must be approved by us.
Note: We list approved events on our website’s calendar. Information in the shaded boxes will be published to www.augustacanal.com/events.php. For planning purposes view this calendar to check dates for other canal events.
Augusta Canal Authority event planning contact Julianna Shurtleff, Development and Volunteer Coordinator
1450 Greene Street, Suite 400 Augusta, GA 30901 706-823-04 xt 8 or firstname.lastname@example.org