Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

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Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
4.5
State Parks • Canyons
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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A strange land formation called "The Little Grand Canyon."
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Houston, TX240 contributions
Apr 2022
We loved this park!

The canyon, courtesy of bad farming practices/soil erosion, is absolutely gorgeous. As this is a popular park, it’s best to arrive early to ensure you have somewhere to park.

There is a rim trail and trails down into the canyons. Both trails start at the visitor center.

The rim trail does give some views of the canyons; however, after you see the last of the overviews, you will end up in the forest…for the overwhelming majority of the trail. I like the forest so what the hay. This is also how you access the “backcountry trails” and you’ll see the abandoned vehicles that have now become a part of the natural landscape. When you’re almost back to the visitor’s center, you will see the trails to the canyons or you can continue on the White trail to the Visitors’ Center.

If you go straight down into the canyons from the Visitor’s center, you’ll have a steep ¼ mile trail down and back. Lots of fun after hours of hiking. (laugh)

There are some stream bed crossings if you go to the canyon trail area. However, when we went, the water was sparse and low enough that even in tennis shoes, my socks did not get wet.

Canyons 1-3 have only 1 quick stream bed crossing.

Canyons 4 & 5 require you to walk in the stream bed for a bit and Canyon 5 has the most canyon views.

We saw many birds and had a great time here. By the time we left at around 1pm, the parking lots were all full with people making new parking spots in the grass and even no parking areas.

Just 6 or so miles down the road is the Florence Marina State Park that has a marina of course but also camping facilities.
Written April 7, 2022
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Favorite Family
14 contributions
Jun 2020
Providence Canyon State Park in Georgia was a great find. Clean park with parking (only $5 daily pass), picnic areas, playgrounds (closed for COVID), hiking trails (10+ miles), and beautiful views with unique landscapes for the Southeast United States region. Our family of 3 teens hiked the 7 mile backcountry trail, the 3 mile rim trail and explored the deep gullies and up steep canyon trails (almost all, I believe there was nine of them). Spent two half days hiking.

Strongly recommend hiking boots, or sturdy closed toed shoes! Even if you do not plan to hike a lot, wear a good (but older) pair of tennis shoes. There are smaller rocks on the way down, lots of pretty red clay/sand and thin layer of water along much of the trails at the bottom (area is below the water table). We saw little kids in brand new clothes/shoes getting yelled at by their mom not to get dirty... ummm you are out in nature and getting dirty was part of the fun! Some older people wearing flip flops... yeah, not smart.

We arrived fairly early to beat the heavier traffic and crowds. Even later in the day, everything was peaceful and breathtaking.
Written September 22, 2020
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itsmikeagain
Jacksonville, FL58 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Wow what a cool view. The hike down to canyon floor was good. Pretty steep incline. Walking through the stream and clay took some getting used to but made the experience cooler. The weather was perfect for us that day and all the colors popped out of the walls brilliantly. You can spend a few hours or all day here. Take water. Seriously. Take the water. Oh and don’t wait for the trolley to get back to the top like I did. There isn’t one. You gotta hike that steep trail you came down. Seriously. Take the water. We absolutely loved the experience. We stayed in Columbus which is about 30 minutes away and found many reasons to come back to the area. We were here for a quick 3 day visit but found plenty to do if you stay for a week. The whole area is pretty and quiet. Definitely put this on your list. Early spring or mid fall would be peak time.
Written June 26, 2021
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RaginCajun79
Dallas, GA151 contributions
May 2020
We recently found out about the Providence Canyon State Park and drove down as we were both off and needed somewhere to go that we can socially distance. It was raining but I'd still highly recommend this place as you can walk down into the canyon (which some people were down there even with the rain but we didn't do it because it was really muddy. We hope to go back when we can spend more time and see it to the fullest. Absolutely Beautiful!!!
Written May 26, 2020
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Debra Carral
Santa Rosa Beach, FL29 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Providence Canyon State park is a must see. The park is well kept, very clean, and lots of easy walking areas outside of the canyon trails. There are picnic and overlook areas, public bathrooms, and a gift shop with information on how the canyons were formed. The scenery was beautiful and it’s definitely worthwhile taking the time to see everything. The one thing we were disappointed about was the lack of sufficient signage as to which canyon you were viewing. There were a few signs that pointed you towards the canyons, such as 1-3. However, once you headed down a trail, there were several trails meandering into other trails and you didn’t always know exactly where you were. We sometimes felt we’d get lost if we took some of the trails because they were way off from the steam bed. Overall, it was a great experience. Bring shoes that cover your feet and ones that you don’t care if they get dirty. You’ll be walking in/through running stream beds and there is some very muddy areas. We did manage to keep the top material of our shoes pretty clean and dry. There are also snakes, lots of flying insects, and other critters/creatures. Bring water and a snack as seeing all of the canyons can take at least 3-4 hours, depending on how quickly you walk and how long you spend at each stop.
Written April 27, 2022
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ctc10s
Dayton, OH228 contributions
Dec 2019
Got here late in the afternoon as we were just passing through Georgia. Only had an hour and a half, wish we'd had at least half a day. Good hike. Lots of different canyons and places to explore. Good photo opportunities. Recommend bringing waterproof hiking boots or water shoes as when down in the canyons the paths are streambeds in places.
Written January 18, 2020
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Anthony P
Charleston, SC2,263 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
This amazing park is a man made (through negligence) Grand Canyon. Towering canyons, some of which are almost 15 stories tall, provide an amazing story about the soil and the process of erosion, but leave you in awe as you walk through a waterlogged and still eroding canyon floor, surrounded by colors one generally think reserved for comic books.

Bring water, bring sun protection. The canyons themselves are a short hike in - and you can actually see them without issue from the car park. There is a nice 4 mile trail through the canyons, which can be extended considerably if desired. Lots of nice hiking, climbing, and geocaching opportunities here.
Written October 8, 2020
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Fun4sol
Atlanta, GA54 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Our family recently visited Providence Canyon.
This can be a day trip from Atlanta. If you want to make a weekend out of it like we did, consider staying at nearby Florence Marina State park which has cabins for rent. We started by hiking down to canyons 1-5 from behind the visitors center. The hike down the Canyons is easy and family and dog friendly. Canyons 4-5 were the most impressive. From the bottom of the canyons we took the Canyon Loop trail, which circles the nine canyons. There are some nice views along the fence line as you return to the visitor center, and you will also pass a playground and some picnic areas. Your shoes will get dirty since you will walk on wet mud while at the bottom of the canyons so best to wear older shoes or hiking boots. The visitor center had some snacks and a few souvenirs. This a cool place to spend 2-3 hours and mid May was a great time to visit.
Written May 29, 2021
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sogo
Atlanta86 contributions
Feb 2020
I was staying in Columbus Ga for the Presidents Day Weekend. It'd been raining for weeks. Suddenly the forecast called for a sunny Saturday. So I opted to head south to Providence Canyon. I had only heard about it and seen a photo or two. Since it is only 40-45 miles from Columbus, I hopped in the car and headed south. It seemed unimaginable that there was a canyon somewhere nearby. But lo and behold, after turning into to The State Park ($5.00 parking fee. Annual passes available) and securing a great parking place, I got my first glimpse of the canyon rim. I did not allow sufficient time (Probably 4-5 hours) to fully explore the site. Instead I opted to follow the white trail around the canyon mostly though it does dip to the canyon floor at one point. This is not a rigorous hike but does include a descent and ascent. There is a small gift shop on the premises. However, I recommend you bring your own liquid refreshment and snacks. The gift shop also houses a restroom. There was water in the base of the canyon so wear appropriate footwear . If you have small kids or dogs, make sure you make provisions for them to romp in the red clay (Change of clothes, shoes, towels, etc). Also be mindful of the soft and dangerous nature of this geologic formation. Stay on the paths. Most of all enjoy the splendor of nature!
Written February 21, 2020
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matt6358
Deltona, FL33 contributions
Sep 2020
Although this may be a very nice park for those without mobility issues it is no good at all for those with any type mobility device. We were unable to see much of anything and were very disappointed considering it is a state park which should be complying much better to ADA regulations.
All the paths at the road level of the park are loose gravel, grass or dirt and impossible to access.
A little bit of thought and planning such as paved paths could make a big difference for those who are not able to walk.
Written October 2, 2020
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