Providence Canyon State Park

by | Dec 19, 2020

If you’ve been following our iloveRVlife travels, you’re aware of how much I enjoying getting out in nature especially if hiking is involved. On this day, our son Joel joined me as we hiked one of the more interesting places in Georgia, Providence Canyon State Park, also known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon. Providence Canyon State Park is located on 1,008 acres with two trails open to the public. We chose the canyon or white trail loop that traversed a little over 5 miles of mostly flat terrain. We’re hiking in a chilly 39 degree temperatures after several days of hard rain. Even with colder temps and wet trails, this was an easy hike and a great way to spend a half a day seeing this most unusual geological site.

The Canyons and Trails

Providence Canyon State Park Trail MapThe canyons are young compared to those visited in the western part of the United States. The canyons were form as a result of the unusual soil conditions in this area and farming practices of the early 1800’s. Farmers cleared the trees and by the middle 1800’s, deep three to five foot ditches started to appear in the land. Water erosion quickly cut through the clay top soil into lower layers known as Providence Sands. In less than 100 years, 150 foot canyon walls were created as the erosion continued to the ancient erosion resistant sea floor.

There are 16 canyons located in the state park of which, 9 are easily accessible from the white trail. The canyon walls span up to heights of 150 feet with vivid walls of white, pink, orange and purple from the various soil layers. From our hike, canyons 5 and 8 provided the best views from the canyon floor giving the hiker an up close view of the walls along with great picture opportunities.

A second trail is available that is 7 miles long and popular with backpackers. The red trail offers a number of primitive, overnight camping spots.

Family Friendly

The park has a number of amenities for the family. Aside from hiking into the canyons, there are group shelters and picnic areas along the edge of the canyon rim. Bathroom facilities and playground equipment are located a few steps from the parking area. Adjacent to the picnic area are observations points along the rim providing great views of the horizons along with a peak down to the canyon floor.

A Fun Day

Even facing the colder temperatures and the wet conditions, we had a great time hiking the trails. This unusual geological presentation gave us vibrant views of canyons were something to see. Another fun Georgia State Park and a great way to spend a day in nature.

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