Hike the Canyon Loop in Providence Canyon
Georgia › Providence Canyon Visitor Center
Added by Seth Berry
Reminiscent of a southwestern US landscape, Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon" offers unique views from along the rim and a pleasant hike through the canyon floors.
Miniscule compared to the Grand Canyon, this vibrant-colored canyon offers a unique adventure unlike any other in Georgia. The most popular way to explore the canyon is through the 4.8 mile Canyon Loop Trail in the Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area. ($5 for parking)
The White Blaze Canyon Loop Trail circles nine of the canyons. To hike canyons 1–5 from the Visitor Center, hike ¼ of a mile down to the creek bed, and turn left, following the creek bed into the canyons. Hikers may reach canyons 6-9 by turning left into the second creek further down the Canyon Loop Trail. After arriving at the end of each canyon, backtrack out to return to the trail. Turn left on the Canyon Loop Trail to continue the loop back to the Visitor Center. While hiking through the day-use area, follow the fence line for the best overlooks.
No climbing is allowed from the canyon floor or rim because the soils are very fragile. The canyon floors are prone to be wet or muddy, so wear appropriate footwear.
Want to make this an overnight camping adventure? Check out http://gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon for more details.
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof boots
- Hiking pole
- Money for parking fee
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Neat Place in South GA
Although it doesn't compare to many other places, it's still a really neat place to explore. I think it's pretty rad that Georgia has something like it, since most of the trails here are forests, mountains, and waterfalls... save the ones on the coast. I definitely don't recommend wearing any new shoes or shoes you don't want to get dirty. The red clay will definitely get on ya, especially while walking on the creek bed. I didn't think about it and wore white shoes. Oh well, they can be cleaned ;) But I think it would be a really cool place to hammock and just explore with your family one day. Maybe even play hide and go seek with kids. You'll be able to see the sunrise over the canyon as well, so that's something else you could do. I'm not sure when the park opens though. I'd check on their website first before driving out there.
Pleasant Hike, Man-made Canyon
There is a shorter three-mile loop through the "canyons" and a longer seven-mile backcountry loop. Pleasant scenery, unique for the area, though it is a bit disappointing to know that it is just a result of bad farming.
Decent Way To Spend A Day
I didn't get to hike all of the trails on my first trip, so I will definitely be going back. There isn't a whole going on at this park, from what I was able to see, but it is scenic and a good place for a low key hike. The canyon floor is nice and cool with a light stream running through it and there are a lot of good photo opportunities. Watch out for hornets and soft sand if you like to wander off trail.
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