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Put a kayak or canoe in the water at the Augusta Canal headgates in Columbia County Georgia.

Clarks Hill Lake/Lake Thurmond is also a premier spot for fishing tournaments or just casting a line. Brave the mountain bike trails at Wildwood Park and Mistletoe State Park. Play disc golf like a pro at Patriots Park, or laugh out loud at the Laurel & Hardy Museum. And, whether you need a place to stay for the Masters®, a hotel near Fort Gordon, or a good campground for a family vacation, it’s here.

Throw in a line to catch a trophy bass. Paddle a canoe or kayak on the lake, on the Savannah River, or down the Augusta Canal. Play the game of disc golf on the professional courses in Wildwood Park, headquarters for the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). Or play traditional golf on one of our pristine courses. So whether you fish, bike, golf or paddle, it's Columbia County.

  • Clarks Hill Lake

    J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam at Clarks Hill (known to Georgians as Clarks Hill Lake) is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi and is one of the Southeast's most popular public recreation lakes. A variety of outdoor recreational experiences makes Clarks Hill one of the 10 most visited Corps lakes in the nation.
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  • Professional Disc Golf Association

    The organization's Hall of Fame, the International Disc Golf Center, a combination Pro Shop and Clubhouse, as well as three championship disc golf courses are located and managed by PDGA at Columbia County's Wildwood Park on Clarks Hill Lake. Several major tournaments are held here each year.
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  • The Laurel and Hardy Museum

    Looking for laughs? Visit the hometown of Oliver Norville Hardy. The Laurel and Hardy Museum is located in downtown Harlem, Georgia and showcases artifacts that pay tribute to the comic duo. The museum is free to the public and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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  • Looking for help?

    The Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to unearth our great outdoors. Our wonderful natural resources include several miles of cycling and hiking trails, the head gates of the historic Augusta Canal Heritage Area, and the fall line between the Piedmont and Coastal Plain as it crosses the Savannah River.