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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta
(4.5/5 based on 100 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 have been here to this nature center several times for various visits and field trips. One of the best times to visit is during their Earth Day activities. We have been to the Earth Day activities ...  more »
  • But it's a water treatment facility!! The trails are nice enough, but you keep on getting 'whiffs' of... stuff. 
  • 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...  more »
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  • Be prepared to walk. It's nice for the wall and birds. Way in the back is a man made pond where water is filtered before returning to the river. Look here for alligators.
  • 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!