America’s South has a special charm that draws visitors from around the country for the laid-back lifestyle, hospitality and natural beauty. In Columbia County athletes will find all this and more in an area that is certainly no stranger to hosting events large and small. The local Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to make planning easy, so you can focus on your athletes and enjoying time in a new destination that offers countless ways to explore.

Fun and adventure await you in Columbia County

To say that there is plenty to do in Columbia County is an understatement. Choose from outdoor adventure, live entertainment, cultural events, museums and historical attractions. Selecting Columbia County for your next sporting event means that you won’t have to worry whether or not your athletes have enough to do off the field. At Adventure Crossing, you can battle at laser tag in the multi-level arena, play at the arcade, relax in the cafe, race along on one of three go-kart tracks or enjoy a game of mini golf. It’s a perfect place to let loose and enjoy time with friends.

Blanchard Woods BMX

At Clarks Hill Lake you can fish, swim, paddle and splash in the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi. With parks, marinas and campgrounds dotting the shore, there is no better way to take advantage of the county’s natural beauty. For those who want to experience the local towns, Harlem holds on to its historic charm and is home to the Laurel and Hardy Museum. Other small towns dot the county and are perfect for exploring and experiencing true Southern hospitality.

X Factors

  • Bid preparation assistance
  • Grant program
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Discounts to area dining and attractions
  • Site visits
  • Local PR/media coverage
  • Social media marketing
  • Volunteers assistance
  • Signage availability based on needs
  • Visitor information and welcome packets
  • Permitting assistance

Planner Perspective

We have worked with Columbia County to produce Adventure Races highlighting the outdoor parks, trails and waterways in the surrounding area. Working with the staff at the Convention and Visitors Bureau has been one of the keys to our success. They have helped coordinate permits, land access, marketing, hotels, tourism activities, EMS, and police services. Due to our success working with them in 2015, we felt comfortable hosting our United States Adventure Racing Championship race in Columbia County in October 2016. This race will bring in teams from all over the United States to race in Columbia County in our national championships. The hosting of this race would not have been possible without the continued efforts and support we have received from the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Thank you for your tireless efforts to make our events a success.

Michael Spiller, Director, Rev3Adventure Race

In 2015 USA BMX hosted our annual Gold Cup Championship event at Blanchard Woods Park in Columbia County. We could not have been more pleased with the facility and especially the team at the Columbia County CVB. From planning, to event execution to post event, Shelly and Randy were truly partners in our success. They took the time to learn and understand our event and sport which allowed us to have an extremely successful race while providing a great experience for our customers.

John David, CSEE,Chief Operating Officer, American Bicycle Association

Working with the Columbia County CVB on our USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships created a successful event for everyone. Our Championship event fit well into the CVB’s owned event, the Zaxby’s Wildwood Games, and the positive, can-do attitude displayed by staff and volunteers alike made for a great experience for everyone. Wildwood Park created a fantastic mountain bike course with over 60 miles of trail with beautiful lake views which surprised many riders from western states who didn’t know that could exist in Columbia County, GA!

Micah Rice, Vice President of National Events, USA Cycling

The Archery Shooters Association had the pleasure of conducting one of our 2016 national Pro/Am 3-D Archery events at Wildwood Park this year. We hosted almost 2,000 competitors and I can assure you that the requirements to host our sport are out of the mainstream in terms of sight facilities and services. The Columbia County CVB and the Columbia County Parks Departments stepped up and met every requirement that we had and then some. We could not have been more delighted by the enthusiastic support and effort that was put forth by everyone in Columbia County. We are looking forward to working with them in 2017 to make our event even bigger and better.

Michael Tyrell, President, Archery Shooters Association, LLC

Sports Venues & Facilities in Columbia County

Blanchard Park

Baseball-17Sports: Batting cages, sports fields, tennis and trails

Spread out over 25 acres just outside of Augusta, this park is a convenient option just off of I-20 and has plenty of options for field sports of all kinds.

Blanchard Woods Park

BlanchardWoodsPark5961smallSports: Cross country, soccer

As one of the premier soccer fields in the state, the high-quality turf fields at this park in Evans are a top choice for athletes. The cross country course, one of the best in the Southeast, will challenge athletes from high school to college and is designed for state and regional meets. Blanchard Woods Park is also home to a BMX track and skate park.

Eubank Blanchard Park

Sports: Basketball, softball, volleyball

This park in Appling is the perfect place for gatherings and hosting events. Inside the park is the Eubank Blanchard Community Center.

Harlem City Park

Sports: Baseball, basketball, field sports, T-ball, tennis

Conveniently located in the quaint town of Harlem, this city park is perfect for hosting events and caters to groups of all sizes. On top of a variety of fields to choose from, there are also picnic areas, restrooms and Wi-Fi to make this park group-friendly.

International Disc Golf Center

Sports: Disc golf

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the sport of disc golf, the staff at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling provides training to visitors so that they can get out and enjoy the area’s courses. While you’re there, visit the Disc Golf Hall of Fame & Ed Headrick Memorial Museum, filled with an impressive collection of disc golf memorabilia.

Patriots Park

Sports: Baseball, disc golf, soccer, softball, racquetball, tennis

No matter what you’re looking for, this park in Grovetown is known as a one-stop facility in Columbia County. The Gymnasium Complex is a state-of-the-art indoor facility with an exercise room, game room, concession and a 1,400-square-foot activity/meeting room. From aerobics to tennis, the park is an ideal choice for any event.

Riverside Park

DSC_0186Sports: Baseball, boating, softball, T-ball, tennis, volleyball

On the banks of a Savannah River tributary, this park in Evans has a boat ramp, docks and fishing pier. The complex that has eight baseball/softball fields, along with tennis and beach volleyball options, plus a picnic shelter.

Lonnie Morris Park

Sports: Baseball, basketball, batting cages, softball, tennis

Nestled among a grove of Georgia pines, this park in Appling provides a gorgeous setting for group events, with court and field sport options. Regularly a host for games, it’s also an ideal picnic spot so visitors can enjoy the day among some of Georgia’s best natural surroundings.

Savannah Rapids Park

Sports: Biking, hiking, walking trails

You’ll be stunned by the beauty of this Evans park, which sits on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the beautiful Savannah River and Historic Augusta Canal. Visitors can enjoy the great outdoors and get a dose of history too when paying a visit to the Savannah Rapids Regional Visitor Information Center.

Wildwood Park

FishingSports: Boating, disc golf, fishing, hiking trails

Sprawling over 975 acres, this Appling park offers access to popular Clarks Hill Lake and is the choice of major fishing tournament organizations. Also on site is the previously mentioned International Disc Golf Center and museum.

How to get to Columbia County

By Car: Just outside of the city of Augusta, Columbia Country is on Interstate 20, a major thoroughfare that makes its way from South Carolina all the way to Texas. Two hours to the west is the hub of Atlanta, which is a great jumping-off point for regional travel, and Columbia, South Carolina is just over an hour northeast.

By Air: Augusta Regional Airport is served by American and Delta airlines, connecting to major hubs including Atlanta and Charlotte, with seasonal service to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.