Savannah River | Georgia's Physical Features

Hi, my name is Harry Hafer.

I'm the park manager here at Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton, Georgia.

We're on the eastern most point of Georgia here on Clark Hill Lake.

If you look across the way, everything over there is South Carolina, look over here on

this side, everything is in Georgia.

The Savannah River acts as a natural boundary between the two states.

The Savannah River's approximately 300 miles long.

It runs from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Native Americans used it for commerce, trade, and transportation.

It was later used by the Europeans.

First the Spaniards came through, explored the area, traded with the Indians, established

a few trading posts that were temporary.

When the British landed here in 1733 to form the colony at Savannah, James Oglethorpe worked

with the Indians slowly by buying land up to what's now present-day Augusta, which was

the second major city in Georgia.

Colonists continued up this way.

Today, the Savannah River is still a major economic force in Georgia.

The Port of Savannah is one of the largest ports on the east coast.

It's very busy.

Trade still goes up and down the river to Augusta.

It serves as a water source.

Beyond Augusta, they've established a series of dams that help with navigation, controlling

the amount of water flowing down that way, which also provides flood control and also

provides hydroelectric power.