This fall, get ready to experience fall foliage, seasonal festivals, and plenty of local traditions as you travel through Columbia County, Georgia. Autumn is the perfect time to explore the best of what the region has to offer, whether you’re an avid leaf watcher, a parent looking for a fun trip the kids will enjoy, or just a curious traveler in search of culture, natural beauty, and delicious food.

Augusta Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 25 and 26, the Augusta Balloon Festival is coming to Columbia County Fairgrounds! The family will ooh and ahh at the one hour Grand Finale Hot Air Balloon Glow & Laser show which incorporates music and visually stunning coordinated burns by the Hot Air Balloons and Lasers creating a Glow! Social Distancing and sanitation protocols will be in place. Mask will be required while in food vendor lines.

Augusta Hot Air Balloon Festival during Fall in Columbia County GA

The Maze at Steed’s Dairy

September 26 through November 15, The Maze at Steed’s Dairy in Grovetown offers up outdoor fall fun that includes hayrides, cow milking demos, a pumpkin patch, zip lining for kids, and much more. The main attraction, though, is the twisting, turning 5-acre corn maze. Add this to your list, as this is one of the best corn mazes in Georgia. Facilities have been expanded to allow for social distancing along with more sanitation procedures. Masks are encouraged.

The Maze at Steed's Dairy in Grovetown, Georgia

Columbia County Fair

At the top of your list of things to do near Augusta, Georgia, this fall should be the Columbia County Fair in Grovetown. From October 22 -November 1, you can experience local culture, food, entertainment and plenty of wild rides. This year's fair will be a modified experience and will follow all local and state guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Columbia County Fair - Fall Things to Do Near Augusta GA

Newsboys United- Love One Another Tour

Come and join Christian Rock Band, Newsboys United at Evans Towne Center Park on October 8. This event also features special guest Adam Agee for the 2020 Love One Another Tour! Don't miss this amazing evening! SOCIALLY DISTANCED SEATING with limited Covid Capacity.

Newsboys at Evans Towne Center Park

Trick or Treat - KidsFest Drive Thru

Come trick-or-treat at KidsFest at Gateway Park! They will offer a drive-thru display and trick-or-treat event, complete with KidsFest STEAM activities to take home! The first 2,500 kids will receive their very own KidsFest take-home activity bag!

Trick or Treat - KidsFest Drive Thru - Halloween Events in Columbia County GA

Augusta Canal Bike Path

Fall foliage peaks during October and November in and around Augusta, Georgia, so leaf peepers will love biking along the path by the historic Augusta Canal to take in the gorgeous colors and seasonal sights. You can rent bikes at Savannah Rapids Park and start at the historic headgates for a sensory experience you won’t forget.

Fall Foliage and Biking on the Augusta Canal Bike Path

Clarks Hill Lake Leaf Watching

For more natural fall beauty, head to Clark’s Hill to rent a boat and cruise around in the largest lake in the state – which also offers some of the best fishing in the U.S. There’s over 71,000 acres of pristine freshwater shoreline, and plenty of space to take in the fall foliage lining the lake.

Fall Leaf Watching on Clarks Hill Lake

Serene18 Paddle Trail

Fall is a great time to complete the Serene18 Paddle Trail! More mild fall temperatures combined with ample wildlife and beautiful fall foliage make this a perfect educational family activity. For more information on kayak rentals, tours and to request your FREE passport click here.

Fall Kayakers- Augusta Canal

As you plan your fall trip, take a look at places to stay along the way by visiting our site to find the accommodations that fit your needs. There are also amazing restaurants that offer regional and seasonal food options, so get ready to make Columbia County your fall vacation destination this year and beyond.