COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Have you found yourself looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors, but also want to ensure you’re finding enough personal space to stay safe? FOX 54’s Mary Klingler helps us find that balance between solitude and serenity in this week’s edition of Eat. Play. Go.

Spring is just around the corner, and a lot of people are stuck inside right now. It’s a perfect time to get some fresh air and explore Outdoor Augusta. This week’s journey is taking us into the great outdoors just south of the Savannah River where we’re seeing the CSRA in a whole new way.

The iconic Savannah is a major part of the history and identity of downtown, but the river has much more to offer than just what’s downtown. It’s hard to believe there are 18 square miles of accessible water in Columbia County alone. 

The owners of Outdoor Augusta, Andy and Amy Colbert, run a shop out of Riverside Park where they rent kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. Aside from independent rentals, they also offer group tours, a summer camp for the kiddos and much more.

You can rent by appointment or just stop by on the weekends. If your kids are looking for some independent adventure while getting to know their own backyard, summer camps start in June and run through July.

This shop’s location makes it unique. It’s located on Betty’s Branch, which allows access to multiple water trails. It even leads right to the Savannah River.

What makes this shop so special though, is the passionate power couple that owns and operates it.

The Colberts love the outdoors so much, they’ve made it into their career. Andy says what drives him the most is helping people try new things.

“You can’t help but smile,” he says.

While they’re still sharing their passion for the outdoors, they also believe it’s a good way to get out of the house while following safety measures encouraged by the CDC.  

“It’s a mecca for social distancing,” Amy says, “nothing more than being contained in your own space, like on a kayak or a paddleboard.”

It’s simple to stay a safe distance from others while out on the wide-open waters.

“We do have the fresh air circulating, wide-open spaces. It’s good for you out here,” she says.

Turns out, lots of people are getting in on this kayaking thing and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing like experiencing the river from right on its surface. One of the best parts is just chilling out, enjoying the water and letting the current do the work.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can race your friends or take a leap off the rope swing there.

It’s an experience like no other. It’s a great way to check out the beautiful scenery and everything our area has to offer—Outdoor Augusta. Don’t miss it!

If you want to check out the river for yourself, head over to OAriverside.com to learn more.