Summary: The Providence Canyon area is known as "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon" due to its unique geological features. The soils are very soft and erosive due to the elevation and geologic location of the Park. The area was once an ancient seabed that was drastically effected by farming practices during the 1800's. Once trees and vegetation were removed, the soil and land eroded at an alarming rate. Ditches 3 to 5 feet deep were cut by the 1850's and eventually the erosion led to 16 canyons. Some are as deep as 150 feet and expose the colors of iron ore, manganese, kaolin, mica, and sandy clays.
There are two main canyon trails in the park. The white blazed Canyon Trail is a three mile loop that runs around canyons 1-9. It is primarily used by day hikers. The red blazed Backcountry Trail is a wider seven mile loop that circles the park and is mainly used by overnight backpackers. The Backcountry Trail requires a permit which allows access to six campsites that are situate
Trailhead: PARKING: (Providence Canyon State Park): Providence Canyon State Park is located seven miles west of Lumpkin, GA on Highway 39C. Take US 27 from Columbus, GA or Georgia State Highway 27 North from Eufaula to the town of Lumpkin. Turn west on 39C and drive seven miles to the park. (Lat:32.0691292014285 Lon:-84.9138109204626)
Trail Guides for Providence Canyon:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Providence Canyon State Park, (229) 838-6202
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Reviewed by Matt on 3/8/2007
I have been to the canyon once before and going back again this year. The hike in is fun (expeually with 15 kids). Our boy scout troop loves it and is fun for everyone.
Reviewed by Hiker Steve on 9/7/2006
I hiked the 3 mile canyon trail and it was a pure delight everythig was beautiful despite the overcast skies and the canyon are simply gorgeous I would recommend this trail for beginners or anyone who wants to hike but not a strenuous hike.
Reviewed by kirby on 8/24/2006
very nice...considering i had never hiked before! Very tiring though!!!
Reviewed by kevin on 7/12/2006
Hiked here twice, both times in December. Excellent scenery! The canyon is beautiful, and full of colors. Stayed both times in the primitive campsite for a couple nights. One of my favorite parks. Moderately difficult to hike though.
Reviewed by Joe stevens on 2/3/2006
cool stuff man
Reviewed by Sara on 9/13/2005
I visited the Canyon September 10, 2005 and I had an excellent time. It was a lot harder then I expected but a welcomed challenge. The Canyon was beautiful and the Ranger on duty (Tim)was very helpful. I only wish I would have be able to camp overnight. I would suggest this trip to anyone I hope to make it to the upcoming Wildflower walk.
Reviewed by mg on 9/1/2005
i think that it was an ok hike but it was not the best. i rather just go with my sisster on a hike or rock climbing.
Reviewed by Bill Smith on 8/22/2005
I have visited the canyon several times. Only wish there was a wheel chair tour we could take in our power chairs. Please work on this idea.
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