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Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 229-838-6870
Nearby Park Lodge 877-591-5575


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While the Park is open daily, the Visitor Center is only open Friday, Saturday-Sunday from September 1 to November 30 and from March 1 to July 7, 8 AM to 5 PM.

Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” is a testament to the power of man’s influence on the land. Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused simply by poor farming practices during the 1800s, yet today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color.  The canyon soil’s pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park.
 
Visitors can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail, taking care to stay behind fences and off the fragile canyon edge.  Hikers who explore the deepest canyons will usually find a thin layer of water along the trail, indication of the water table below.  Guests who hike to canyons 4 and 5 may want to join the Canyon Climbers Club.  Backpackers can stay overnight along the backcountry trail which highlights portions of the canyon and winds through mixed forest.  Camping, cottages and efficiency units are available nearby at Florence Marina State Park on 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George. 

Visitors are urged to use caution on trails and to not go beyond fences or overlooks.  Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse.
 
   School Programs at Providence Canyon

Park Hours: The park is open daily as follows:
September 15 - April 14 / 7AM-6PM
April 15 - September 14 / 7AM-9PM
The Visitor Center is open Sat-Sun only, as follows:
September 1 - November 30, 8AM-5PM
March 1 - May 31 / 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/ProvidenceCanyon


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 1,003 Acres
    • 2 Picnic Shelters ($35)
    • 3 Pioneer Campsites ($40 - $80)
    • 6 Backcountry Campsites ($10/person)
    • Interpretive Center -- open weekends seasonally


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    Hiking - 3 miles of trails, part of the Canyon Climbers Club (get cards punched at nearby Florence Marina State Park)
    • Backpacking - 7-mile backcountry trail
    • Astronomy and geology programs
    • Picnicking
    • Stargazing
    • Photography






    To qualify, members should hike from the Visitor Center to the creek bed, turn left to enter canyons #4 and #5, then return on the same trail. Membership cards may be punched after your hike at nearby Florence Marina State Park, located 16 miles west of Lumpkin at the end of Hwy. 39C.



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Events
Flatlanders Canyon Crash Trail Run 5K/10K/13.1K/50K
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 7 AM
This event is designed to be a great "first time" trail run for the novice runner or road runner that will also challenge the seasoned trail runner at the 1/2 marathon distance. This year will challenge runners even more with the addition of the 50k ultra distance. Email billy.goodson@gmail.com for race application. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Astronomy Night
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 7 PM to 10 PM
Come join Dr. Rosa Williams with the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and explore the night sky. Telescopes will be provided to explore constellations like Aquila the eagle, Aries the ram, Sagittarius the Archer, and Libra the Scales. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Providence Junior Ranger
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Program consists of hiking and outdoor educational programs. Pre-registration is required due to Limited space.  20.00 Per child $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Canyon Climber Club Hike
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Come join our Naturalists on a guided hike into canyons 4 and 5. Upon completion, stop by the Visitor Center to have your Canyon Climbers Card punched. The canyon floor can be wet at times. Please wear a comfortable pair of hiking shoes/boots.  $5. $10 for Canyon Climber Card. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
"Hidden Gem" Providence Language
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area invites you to join our Naturalist lead hike. Hikers will learn our native geological language of Nankin, Cowarts, Mobila, & Orangeburst.  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Hidden Gem
Providence Junior Ranger
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Program consists of hiking and outdoor educational programs. Pre-registration is required due to limited space.  20.00 Per child $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Volunteers are encouraged to help our park stay safe and clean. Various projects will be offered. Please meet at picnic shelter #2 for assignments. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Address/Directions
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Stewart County


GPS Coordinates:
N 32.064445 | W -84.921913

Located 7 miles west of Lumpkin on Ga. Hwy. 39C.

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Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815 View Details


  32.064445
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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