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Providence Canyon State Park from the rim of the canyon

Discover Georgia’s own Little Grand Canyon, a picturesque 1,003 acre park surrounded by deep multi-hued canyons of pink, red, orange and purple. This breathtakingly beautiful area surrounds Providence Canyon State Park and is located in Stewart County only 42 miles south of Columbus.

These beautiful canyons, in this part of southwestern Georgia, resulted from the land being over-farmed during the 1800s. The ancient seabed that once existed here affected the soil. Once the trees and vegetation were removed erosion ultimately damaged the landscape.

Today these canyons expose the earth’s rich minerals of sandy clays, iron ore, mica, manganese, and kaolin. Visitors enjoy hiking the park’s trails that lead up and through these majestic landmarks. The park also offers primitive campsites along these trails where guests can really appreciate the uniqueness of this area.

And for guests who are interested in more modern conveniences, cottages and a developed campground are located at nearby Florence Marina State Park.

Activities

Put on your most comfortable (and waterproof) shoes and take a hike through the picturesque canyons inside Providence Canyon State Park. Spend a few hours or pack your camping gear and hike out to one of the park’s primitive sites.

This peaceful Georgia state park also has picnic areas, a Visitor Center, Museum, and astronomy programs.

Here are some of the activities that you can do during your visit to Providence Canyon State Park:

Hiking at Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon State Park offers hikers spectacular views that overlook creeks running through deep picturesque canyons of pinks, red, oranges, and purples, surrounded by rustic woodlands. During the summer the beautiful Plumleaf Azalea may also be seen throughout this area.

By planning ahead hikers may backpack out to primitive camping areas located along the trails. The Canyon Climbers Club is an option for guests who explore canyons 4 and 5.

Here are a couple of the trails at Providence Canyon State Park:

  • The White Blaze Canyon Loop Trail – A moderate 2.5 mile trail that leads down into the creek bed and circles 9 of the canyons offering guests amazing views along the fence line. Guests should not attempt to climb the fragile canyon walls and to also be careful of becoming stuck in the mud along the canyon floor.
  • Backcountry Trail – An extremely difficult 7 mile loop that leads into the forest off of White Blaze Canyon Trail.

    The trail winds through river birch and then a steep upward climb as it follows an old logging road.

Birding at Providence Canyon State Park

The Brown Thrasher, Georgia’s state bird, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Mourning Dove, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and Red Flycatcher can all be found here.

Nature and Wildlife at Providence Canyon State Park

The area in and around Providence Canyon State Park is often referred to as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon because of the deep canyons and sandstone cliffs. Here guests will be amazed at the variety of rock colors – pinks, oranges, reds, and purples – and the spectacular views in every direction. White-tailed deer, squirrels, bears, and many bird species may be seen throughout the park.

Pets

Pets are allowed at Providence Canyon State Park but should remain with their owner at all times and be held on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet.

Camping

Providence Canyon State Park has a couple of limited options for guests interested in staying overnight inside the park – backcountry campsites and pioneer campsites.

The 6 backcountry campsites are located within the woodlands and must be hiked out to. Guests should plan ahead when staying at one of these primitive sites. Be sure to pack essential items, including plenty of water.

The primitive pioneer campsites are for organized youth groups only. These sites have picnic tables, grills, water spigots, and nearby pit toilets.

Camping Near Providence Canyon State Park

Since Providence Canyon State Park has limited options for overnight accommodations guests may be more interested in staying at nearby Florence Marina State Park. Their overnight accommodations include a modern campground, fully equipped cottages, and small efficiency units.

Beautiful Florence Marina State Park lies along the north end of Lake Walter F. George Lake only 9 miles from Providence Canyon State Park. Park amenities include a Marina, boat slips, boat rentals, fishing pier, hiking trails, an Interpretive Center, and a Mini Golf Course.

Reservations

Park Location

Providence Canyon State Park
8930 Canyon Rd
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Phone: 229.838.6202

Park Website
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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Providence Canyon State Park: