Augusta Canal offers specials at attractions Friday

Vendors line the Mill Village Trail during the Find Your Park Festival at the Augusta Canal, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. The celebration coincides with the US National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area’s 20th anniversary and the grand opening of the Mill Village Trail. The event includes activities for kids, music, fishing demos and yoga. TODD BENNETT/STAFF

In celebration of National Park Service Day on Friday, you can visit the Augusta Canal’s Discovery Center for free and take a boat tour for half-price.


The Augusta Canal, Georgia’s first National Heritage Area, is a part of the National Park Service. Friday is one of 10 days this year on which admission to a national park is free.

The free admission was announced Thursday at the Augusta Canal’s Mill Village Trailhead, as was the second annual CanalFEST.

This year’s festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Trailhead area. A celebration of all outdoors is planned.

The Augusta Striders will lead a 5K run in the morning. Wheel Movement will promote cycling, and Project Healing Waters will give fishing demonstrations.

Throughout Friday at the Kroc Center, the playground will be open and several activities are planned for children to enjoy.

There will be trolley tours and boat tours through the day, and food trucks will be on the site. Live entertainment will be featured throughout Friday.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information go to VIP tickets are available at the site.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or



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