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Savannah Ogeechee Barge Canal

681 Fort Argyle Road (near Ga. 204 and I-95)

Savannah, Ga. 31419

open 7 days per week 9 am - 5 pm

admission $2 for adults, $1 for students, free to members

748-8068

operated by the Savannah Ogeechee Canal Society

www.socanalmuseum.com

 

This is one of our favorite places for a quiet walk out to the Ogeechee River.  Located just 2.3 miles west of I-95 on highway 204 (Abercorn Extension), the section of the canal which has been protected and interpreted and is genuinely off the beaten path.  Originally the canal, built in 1831 connected the Savannah River with the Ogeechee River -  in its time it was one of those "latest technology" crazes not unlike the internet bubble.  There are hiking trails and tow paths to follow into the flood plain of the tidal Ogeechee River.  If you arrive late in the afternoon please return to the parking lot before 5 pm or park on the shoulder of the highway.  The site is managed by a non-profit and they ask for a $2 donation for non-members.  Be sure and take time to visit the museum displays of recovered artifacts.

 

trail

canal gate

artifacts

tow path

The canal built between 1828 and 1831 by African labor and Irishmen, preceded railroads as a mode of commercial transportation.  Cotton, rice, bricks and fertilizer were transported on the canal that connected the Ogeechee River with the Savannah River.  You can see locks 5 and 6 of what was a 16.5 mile canal.  The canal is a Registered National Historic Site.