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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
Statement of Purpose:

“The purpose of Phinizy Center for Water Sciences is to provide leadership to balance sustainable watersheds and economic vitality through solutions-based research, education and public involvement.”
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  • We love this place! We really enjoy walking on the trails.looking for wildlife! We have seen turtles, ospreys, gaters, otters, snakes and many types of birds.The bathrooms are very well maintained! Th...  read more »
  • We have been at the park just for half an hour and didn't see everything from the park, but parking is free and the trails are all well prepared. You will find several opportunities to entertain yours...  read more »
  • The boardwalk through the swamp was excellent. The highlight of our walk was seeing a snake in the water that had caught a frog and was trying to swallow it. The trail around the wetlands is also nice...  read more »
  • Good place to take a relaxing walk or bike ride. There is not much shade so plan ahead (sun screen, water) if it's hot. There are scheduled activities for kids on specified dates (check their website) but if there are no activities younger kids may be bored and have trouble walking extended distances. There is a lot of land you can cover on a walk or bike ride.
  • Amazing place for hiking and wildlife viewing. There really is no other place like it in Georgia. The mix of habitat brings in an incredible variation of birds and other wildlife. One field trip had over 100 species of bird in a single day. Any time of year is good to go with weather being the only drawback. The trail systems are extensive, ranging from ~0.2 mi to > 3.0 mi. Great for running or biking. Whether you want a short walk or a lengthy hike, this is the place to go. Photography is popular at this locale as well with unique landscapes and breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. It's wheelchair accessible (mostly) and has accommodations such as water fountains, restrooms, benches, and information kiosks. On the campus there is a visitor center with awesome merchandise, a research lab, and an education building, where wildlife classes of all sorts are taught. The folks that work here are incredibly friendly and helpful too. Do not hesitate to visit this park and have a great time!
  • Takes your family here for good quiet time. Didn't get to see the gator. But there's a playground. Mosquitoes where bad when I went. staff is very friendly. Had a very nice time
  • My husband and I stopped by for one of their Saturday morning guided hikes and it was beautiful! The hike was only $2 per person and went for 2.5 hours. The park itself is gorgeous and well-kept. We enjoyed walking through various different ecosystems including the forest, swamps, and reservoirs. There are wood planked trails that are easy to walk on for those with strollers and wheelchairs, and then those trails lead to dirt paths with some roots to watch out for. We saw lots of birds, a lizard, a blue heron, an osprey, and some egrets. We were told there are alligators that can be seen sometimes, but none were seen today. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable on the park and provided lots of fun facts, he was also great with the kids! It was a fun experience, and a lovely way to get out of the house and back into the woods. It smelled fantastic, had a nice breeze, and hearing the birds singing overhead made me smile. The park is also dog-friendly, which is really nice. I can't wait to go back and explore more trails!
  • Not only is this a beautiful place but it's educational as well. My family and I go here to do pictures and enjoy being out of the house in the open air. With it being next to augusta regional airport, if you like planes, you get the affirms of seeing some of the planes take off and land. We love this place!
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