The Phinizy Swamp is mostly what is called a "water ranch." This is an area where treated waste water is filtered through a series of ponds or lakes. The area is called the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences and the Swamp and Nature Park. The facility is described as follows:
Located on 1100 acres with 14 miles of biking and hiking trails, and just minutes from downtown Augusta, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park offers visitors the chance to see a variety of wildlife such as Blue Heron, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Otter, Alligator and the elusive Bobcat in their natural setting. Visitors can experience the thrill of hearing Kingfisher and the chorus of a thousand Tree Frogs, or delight in the myriad of summer Dragonflies.