Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
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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.
 
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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 32.064445 | W -84.921913

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

Address
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA United States 31815
Stewart County
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Phone
229-838-6870
877-591-5575

Labor Day Weekend of Fun
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Weekend of family fun. Make your own hiking sticks, enjoy and early morning hike, watermelon eating contest and ice cream. Call the park for schedule of events and times.  $2.00 to $5.00 per activity $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Volunteers are being sought to re-blaze the 3 mile white and 7 mile red trail, replace camping signs along the 7 mile red trail, trash removal from the canyon floor, and pressure washing/repainting of the picnic tables. Please meet at 8:30 a.m. at the main picnic shelter for assignment... 229-838-4706.
Geology Day
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans will lead visitors into the canyons and back in time to discover the geological history of the canyons. The floors of the canyons are often wet and muddy, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Bring water and your camera.  $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt and S'Mores
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Come enjoy the cool nights of October with a fun Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt and S'mores. Meet at main Picnic Shelter.  $3.00 for event $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Handicapped Accessible 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Celebrate Halloween with our 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Open to all ages. Special guest judge.  $5.00 per pumpkin entry $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Astronomy Night
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
Columbus State University and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present an evening of star gazing and slides. Visitors may bring their own telescopes, but some will be provided. The park offers excellent sky viewing without light pollution. $5 parking. 229-838-6202.
Contacts
Joy Joyner
229-838-6202  Park Manager, Providence Canyon State Park

Sherry Stephens
229-838-6202  Interpretive Ranger, Providence Canyon State PArk

Thomas Wilson

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