Locations and Maps

Swim Distances at Clarks Hill Lake (West Dam Park / SC Visitors Center)

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Swim Distances in the Savannah River (5th St. Bridge to Boathouse)

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Common training locations (links to Google Maps):

Our Training Officer, Mike Lotter and David Marin have become the patron saints of TriAugusta. They are currently holding weekly rides at Fort Gordon plus weekend and weekday swims at the lake. I will get with them and find out the exact tentative schedule to post here.

Fort Gordon

To ride at Fort Gordon, you must first register with iSportsman https://ftgordon.isportsman.net/ and create an account.  With this account, you will check in and out of the Fort Gordon area. DO NOT forget to check in or out. If you forget to check in and they catch you, you can be banned for weeks and if you  forget to check out, they will call your house at 12:00AM to make certain you are safe. It is also strongly recommended that you apply for a yearly pass for recreational activities. This process involves “I can’t remember what all you have to do so I will return here once I find out” With or without the annual pass, you still will need the iSportsman account. Currently we also are allowed to use the pool since the aquatics center seems like it will never reopen. I bet if it opened tomorrow it would close within a week for “maintenance” anyway….

The Fort Gordon pool is located on Barnes Ave.

Hours:

Monday
5:30am-11:30am
Tuesday

5:30am-11:30am

Wednesday
5:30am-11:30am
Thursday
5:30am-11:30am
Friday

5:30am-11:30am

Saturday
8:00am-12:00pm
Sunday
Closed
 

 https://www.google.com/maps/search/Barnes+Ave.,+Bldg.+21608,+Fort+Gordon,+Georgia,+30905,+United+States/@33.4229198,-82.1582284,17z/data=!3m1!4b1

Off The Beaten Path

FATS (Forks Area Trail System)

A series of loops through a thickly forested area provide a great hiking or mountain bike experience for all levels of hikers and riders. You can get a feel of the mountains where some of the higher elevations provide panoramic views and the thick vegetation provides a home for many birds and animals.

Although it is hilly, you aren’t going to find many climbs that require a lot of effort or dismounts. For experienced riders, there are many sections where you have a choice of just rolling through, or going to one side to jump, and sections of ripples where you can also roll through or get air between them. The Great Wall offers a more of a challenge for experienced riders and may be difficult for beginners in places. Do NOT ride or walk around areas where the trail bed has been stabilized by rock.

After heavy rain sections may be closed. Check for closings before arrival.

Great Wall 7.5 miles, Skinny Loop 6.0 miles, Brown Wave 5.8 miles, Deep Step 5.0 miles, Tower 3.8 miles, and Big Rock 4.0 miles. Connector trails are another 3.0 miles and part of them are on paved and gravel roads.

Address: Woodlawn Rd, Clarks Hill, SC 29821

Directions:

From McCormick: drive south on US221/SC28 for approximately 23.0 miles and turn left onto Woodlawn Road (McCormick County S-33-204). The parking area is on the right just beyond the junction with Deep Step Road (S-33-53).

From I-20 Exit 1 (North Augusta): Drive north on SC 230 for approximately 5.5 miles and turn left onto Woodlawn Road (S-19-53). The parking area is 3.8 miles on the left.

From Augusta: Drive north on SC 28 for approximately 8.5 miles and turn right onto Hopewell Church Road/Deep Step Road (S-33-112). Drive 3.3 miles and turn right onto Woodlawn Road and the parking area is on the right.

https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/fats-forks-area-trail-system

Hitchcock Woods

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Fees: There are no fees, but donations to the Hitchcock Foundation are welcome.

Directions:

From US 1 in Aiken: Drive south on York Street and turn right onto South Boundary Street. Continue downhill and look for the parking area at a gated road.

https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/hitchcock-woods

The Augusta Canal

 

Hikers, cyclists and runners regularly head for the Augusta Canal’s wide, level towpath, once used by mules to pull canal boats to the Canal headgates. Additional trails into wooded and urban areas add variety to the outdoor experience. Spring and Fall  “Trail Talk” walks and “Pedals Thru the Past” rides  add to understanding and enjoyment.

https://augustacanal.com/visit-activities.php

Boyd Pond Park

Boyd Pond Park, often referred to as Aiken County’s hidden Jewel, is located at 340 Boyd Pond Road in Aiken, SC. Boyd Pond is known for its 30-acre pond, but also has softball fields, a soccer complex, 2-mile hiking trail, multiple mountain bike trails, fishing pier, boardwalk, boat ramp, multiple rent-able picnic shelters, outdoor basketball court, sand volleyball court, playground and observatory.

In 2016, an 18-hole disc golf course was added to the former Par 3 golf course area. The course features turf tee pads, practice basket, picnic area, and a course designed for all skill levels of play. Picnic Tables, benches, and grills are spread throughout the park, which offer great views of Boyd Pond and the beautiful natural environment around it.

Plans are currently underway for mountain bike trail expansion, the addition of equestrian trails, a small performing arts amphitheater, and many other renovations throughout the 210-acre park.

https://www.aikencountyprt.com/parks.php?qID=2




Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Phinizy Swamp Nature park is free and open to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.  Our Swamp Shop and Visitor Center is open on Saturdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and Sundays from 1 PM – 5 PM. Free parking is located at the Nature Park’s main entrance.

(706) 828-2109

Location & Contact Info

Langley Pond Park

Our beloved Langley Pond has been dry for several years because of an issue with the dam. Hopefully it will be available for 2021.  I began this triathlon craziness in 2010 and Langley Pond was my first. Those were the best of times for sure!

Diane Alexander

Langley Pond is known as the world’s largest pond. The park’s amenities include a boat ramp and dock, a bath house with restrooms, a covered picnic area with grills, and swimming area with a sand beach. Added in 2014 was the Langley Pond Loop trail, a hiking/horse riding trail made up of two separate loops: the 2.75 mile big pine loop and the 2 mile hambone loop creating a 4.75 mile trail when combined. Langley Pond Park also contains the portage for the Horse Creek Water Trail leading to the pull out at Harrison-Caver park and the trailhead in Granitville, SC.

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Directions:

From I-20: Take exit 5 towards North Augusta, turning left at DMV office (signage at first light after exit). Follow Ascauga Lake Rd. to Sudlow Lake Rd., bearing right at fork. Cross through the intersection of Hwy. 1 and Sudlow Lake.

113 Langley Dam Road | Langley, SC 29816

https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/langley-pond-loop