Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area

 
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› Visitors are urged to use caution on trails and to not go beyond fences or overlooks. Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse.
"Uncover the layers of 'Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon' as you navigate the unusual geological formations created by erosion of the Coastal Plain after years of poor agricultural practices, hike miles of sandy nature trails, and gaze at dark skies while camping at Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area."

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.

Read a review about Providence Canyon on 365 Atlanta Family.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 32.064445 | W -84.921913
Located 7 miles west of Lumpkin on Highway 39C.


Address
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA United States 31815
Stewart County
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Phone
229-838-6870

Guided Hikes
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 10 AM
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 10 AM
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 10 AM
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Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
Join our naturalist on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM for a guided tour of the canyon. Hikes are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call and confirm dates and times of hikes prior to your arrival.  $5 per person $5 parking. 229-838-6870.
Sunset Hike
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
Join us for a ranger led hike into and around the canyon, learn about the natural history of the canyon, and enjoy the sunset from the canyon rim.  $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Your State Parks Day: Canyon Clean Up
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
Join us as we clean up the canyons and keep our park beautiful. There is no better way to give back to your state parks than by helping to keep them clean. So come on out and help us pick up trash and re-blaze trails! $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Astronomy Night
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
Join us and the Coca Cola Space Science Center for a night under the stars. Learn about the night sky and view stars and planets through telescopes. Seating will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs for more comfort. $5 parking. 229-838-4244.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Halloween Hike
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
Ever wanted to hike down into Providence Canyon after dark? Here is your chance! We invite the public to join us on a spooky ranger led hike down into Providence Canyon. Be sure to bring a flash light and be prepared for scary stories!  $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.