A Must-See for Anyone Who Lives in Georgia
Providence Canyon State Park may not be close enough for a day-trip, but it is certainly worth the weekend to visit this piece of Earth-Art. Dubbed the “Little Grand Canyon” for it’s massive gullies formed by poor farming practices in the 1800’s, it makes for a hike you’ll never forget.
The park is about a 3 hour drive from Atlanta, you may want to consider finding a place to stay in Columbus. I’d recommend getting to Providence Canyon State Park with most of the day ahead of you so you can spend time hiking around the canyon gullies. When we visited the park we didn’t realize how much time we would have wanted there. The park closes at dusk and gates get locked, so make sure you have ample time to explore when you go.
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Website: Visit Park Website
Things to Do
- Hiking in 1,003 acres
- Canyon Climbers Club
- Backpacking – 7 mile backcountry trail
- Astronomy Night
Public Astronomy Night
We planned our trip to Providence Canyon during the public astronomy night. The Coca-Cola Science Center brings their telescopes and astronomers for a public presentation and viewing of the stars when the sun sets and the stars come out. A schedule is published with the dates of the astronomy nights, so if you can’t find it on Google, you can contact the Georgia State Parks office for Providence Canyon for more information at 229-838-4244.