Providence Canyon, Georgia

April 25, 2011
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Providence Canyon State Park, located near Lumpkin, Georgia is known as Georgia’s “ Little Grand Canyon.”  While the canyon is beautiful, I’d have to say this may be a hard sell for those who have visited the Grand Canyon.

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With that said, Georgia’s red-clayed canyon does provide a very interesting day hike.

Distance: 0.25 miles to Creek bed; up to 3 miles of canyon trails to explore from base of canyon

Difficulty: Easy

Upon arriving at Providence Canyon State Park, visitors will quickly find the visitor’s center is closed. The center was closed several years ago, and does not open.

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Continue through the visitor center’s patio and to the left to find the trailhead down to the creek bed. The trail is a slow, easy hike with only a single switch back. IMG_8458

At the base of the trail, hikers will be able to choose whether to make a left along the creek banks to canyons 1-5, or continue across the creek, up the bank and then a left at the second creek to canyons 6-9.

I chose to hike to canyons 4 and 5.

To reach these canyons, hikers tread across the sandy, wet creek beds. While the beds contain running water, on the day we hiked, our feet didn’t get even a little damp.

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As hikers reach the two series of canyons, one can see the various colors coming from the layers of soil and rock. These canyons were formed by erosion from poor farming practices during the 1800’s.

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Directions:

1. From Highway 27 in Lumkin head north.

2. Turn left onto Georgia 39c (brown signs on the road where to turn)

3. Follow Georgia 39C approximately 7.5 miles.

4. Turn left into Providence Canyon. Hiking trail and park lot are at the end of the road.

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2 Responses to Providence Canyon, Georgia

  1. My Life Outdoors on April 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What a neat little “grand” canyon! Texas has it’s own “grand” canyon…Palo Duro canyon is the second largest in north America…still dosent compare to THE Grand Canyon!

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