The Wetlands & Waterfalls

A series of nature trails meander through the park, and a variety of birds and animals tend to congregate in the wetlands area of the lower section of Pendleton King Park. Animals sighted include beavers, turtles, fish, frogs, skinks and lizards. A platform built by volunteers overlooks part of the wetlands.

The park wetlands are fed by a series of springs; these springs contributed to the drinking water of Early Augusta. Because the elevation in the park changes more than 100 feet, there is also a large variety of trees, shrubs and native flowers to be seen throughout the park.

The Waterfalls at Pendleton King Park
The Waterfalls project is part of a bigger effort to keep Lake Elizabeth clean and healthy. Through a partnership with Southeast Natural Science Academy, it was determined that the waters of Lake Elizabeth needed oxygenation and circulation to improve the overall health of the organisms living in the water and, to support an additional project of creating a Wetlands area in the Park. The Waterfalls project was funded by the Park Foundation with in kind support from the City of Augusta, The Tile Center, Rotary of Augusta, and Brittingham Plumbing. Working with Jack Blue from Environmental Life Planting, the Waterfalls were built with volunteers from the Youth Challenge Academy, Starbucks, Brittingham Plumbing, Rotary of Augusta, Southeast Natural Science Academy, Blue Garden volunteers, and members of the Park Foundation. The Waterfalls is a community-built project with volunteers logging in over 2,000 hours. The Waterfalls have added a beautifully peaceful air to the Park while improving the water quality of Lake Elizabeth.

The Wetlands and Trails
Wetlands and trails:  A series of nature trails meander through the lower part of the park, and a variety of birds, beavers, turtles and other animals tend to congregate in the adjoining wetlands.  An over look built by volunteers offers a good view of the area.  The park wetlands are fed by a series of springs that contributed to the drinking water of early Augusta.   PKP is a bird sanctuary and a variety of birds can be spotted.  It is a favorite spot for bird enthusiasts.  Because the elevation in the park changes more than 100 ft., there is also a large variety of trees, shrubs and native flowers to be seen throughout Pendleton King Park.

Lake Elizabeth
Named for Pendleton King’s mother, Elizabeth, the small spring-fed lake now has a waterfall and is inhabited by ducks and turtles.  There is a wetlands project underway at PKP that uses the joint efforts of South Eastern Natural Sciences Academy, the Pendleton King Part Foundation with funding by Wells Fargo and Company to restore the wetland area in the park to provide storm water treatment, improve water quality in Lake Elizabeth, create a wildlife habitat, and improve aesthetics and ecological heath.