Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area

Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 229-838-6870

 
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» Hiking Notice:
› Visitors are urged to use caution on trails and to not go beyond fences or overlooks. Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse.
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.

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$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/ProvidenceCanyon

Park Hours:

September 15–April 14 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
April 15–September 14 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Visitor Center Hours:

Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (subject to change)

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,003 Acres
• 2 Picnic Shelters ($35)
• 3 Pioneer Campsites ($40–$80)
• 6 Backcountry Campsites ($10/person)
• Visitor Center — seasonal

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 3 miles of trails
• Canyon Climbers Club
• Backpacking — 7-mile backcountry trail
• Astronomy & Geology Programs
• Picnicking
• Photography

Nearby Attractions:

Albany, Georgia
Americus-Sumter County, Georgia
Columbus, Georgia
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge
Flint River Aquarium, Albany
Florence Marina State Park
George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge
Kolomoki Mounds State Park
Pine Mountain, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
Meadowlinks Golf Course at George T. Bagby
Rome, Georgia
• Westville Historic Village


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Events
Astronomy Night
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Providence Canyon once again welcomes the Coca-Cola Space Science Center from Columbus, GA as they host the first astronomy night of the year. Please join us as we learn about the winter sky and view the stars. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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Sunrise Hike
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 6 AM to 7:30 AM
What better way to kick off spring than by taking a beautiful sunrise hike around one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia? Providence Canyon invites the public to join us as we take a ranger led hike into the canyon, and enjoy the beautiful colors of the sunrise from the canyon rim.  $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Earth Day Sunset Hike
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Join us on Earth Day as we celebrate the natural splendor of our world. Take a ranger led hike into and around the canyon, learn about the natural history of the canyon, and the ecosystem, and enjoy the sunset from the canyon rim.  $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Water Festival and Clean-Up
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
When you think of Providence Canyon, you probably don’t think about water, but it's a crucial part of our ecosystem. In fact, there is water on the canyon floor all year, and that water eventually flows into the Chattahoochee River. Join us as we clean up the floor of Providence Canyon. More water-based activities will be at Florence Marina. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Soak It In
Geology Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Providence Canyon invites the public to join us as we take a hike through the canyons and learn about the geological formations and why the canyons are here!  $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
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National Trails Day
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Come celebrate the national trail system here at Providence Canyon! Join us as we take a ranger led hike down into the canyons, and learn about the history, ecosystem, and geology of the canyons.  $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Your State Parks Day: Canyon Clean Up
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
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.
Halloween Hike
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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.
Address/Directions
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Stewart County


GPS Coordinates:

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


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Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815 View Details


  32.064445
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area