Known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” it comes as a surprise to know most Georgians have never heard about this hidden gem.
Located 150 miles Southwest of Atlanta, this canyon sits on 1,003 acres. As a result of poor farming practices in the 1800s, soil erosion created these massive gorges almost 150 feet deep. Over the years, the natural flow of water and sand created this mesmerizing landscape with one of the most unusual and peculiar attractions – rusty cars! Left behind from an abandoned homestead, these cars date back to the 1950s. Park officials decided years ago it would be beneficial for the environment and the park to keep the cars in place and leaving the landscape untouched. Now it’s become sort of an icon of history for fellow hikers to admire and take memorable photos.
Providence Canyon is made up of 16 canyons but only 9 are accessible by 10 miles of hiking trails. In addition, there are 6 backcountry campsites ($10.00/night), 3 pioneer campsites ($40.00/night), and 2 picnic shelters ($25.00/day).
Canyons 1-5 are located on Canyon Loop Trail (2.45 miles) and canyons 4-9 (and the campsites) are located along Backcountry Trail (7 miles). For either trail, you will begin at the bottom of the creek bed and take the first or second left. Be sure to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes; the bed is prone to being wet and muddy. Also, please do not to climb on the canyon’s walls or rims; the gravel is loose and extremely fragile and could result in critical injury.
To access a downloadable PDF version of the trail map, please click here.
Know Before You Go
Parking is $5.00/day.
Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a leash.
Bring plenty of water (for you and your dog), a water bowl, sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, a hat, energy boosting snacks, a portable speaker (optional), and some good hiking shoes to grab a grip on the terrain.
Rent a bike and explore the beautiful city of Columbus, Georgia! The Chattahoochee Riverwalk is the perfect way to access the highlights of the city. This 15-mile paved biking and pedestrian trail borders the banks of he Chattahoochee River. Use Ride On Bikes to rent one for just $10.00/day. Rent a raft, canoe, kayak, or inner tube and make your way down the river instead. At the end of the day, grab a bite around town, try a local food truck, or grab a beer at ever famous Maltitude, a growler filled with the South’s most idolized brewers.
If you’re looking to turn your day trip into a long weekend getaway, consider camping and fishing along the Chattahoochee River near the border of Georgia/Alabama. At $24/night, Bluff Creek Park sounds like a good option.
If you have kids and are looking for something more suitable for them, try Lake Eufaula Campground. Starting at $18.00 for a tent site, $27.00 for 30 amp, and $30.00 for 50 amp, this campsite has a swimming pool as well as a track and pond for their new Remote Controlled (R/C) Racing Complex for electric boat racing competitions.
The Florence Marina State Park is a short 10 minute drive from the canyon. Located on 43,000-acre Lake Eufaula, this state park is known as the perfect getaway for water sport fanatics. There’s also an accessible fishing pier, 66 rent-able boat slips, a boating ramp, 2 playgrounds, and a variety of accommodations (7 cottages ($75/night), 8 efficiency units ($75.00/night), and 43 nonspecific campgrounds ($32.00/night).
8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815
Outdoor Recreation Area
September 15–April 14: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
April 15–September 14: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Outdoor Recreation Area (229) 838-6202
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