Hike the Canyon Loop in Providence Canyon

4.8 miles 298 ft gain  - Loop Trail

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.

Read More

Tags

Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Georgia's Grand Canyon

Wow! The rock formations here are unreal. The raw red rock is really beautiful against the green wooded areas. There are really great overlooks which allowed my senior in-laws to cash in on some canyon views without difficulty. Lots of spots to have a picnic too. Given this is a park full of canyons, be ready to descend (knee-killer) and climb!

🥉Contributor

about 1 year ago

Great place!

Definitely will be back! Great trails, parks for kids, clean and plenty of sites to see. They even do clean up days so look for those.

10/10

been here multiple times, and each time it is different than the last. i have climbed up the sides when im at the bottom, and i have walked the trails. each time i have so much fun. i reccomend staying at the park thats about 15 mins away to make a whole weekend out of it.

This Is My Favorite Hike

I always take a nostalgic trip here to just enjoy the scenery. I love the hike as well.

Pretty Cool

For a Floridian, this is a pretty awesome hike for someone whose local landscape's closest thing to a mountain is our eroding dunes. Really fun change of scenery with a hike that's as rigorous as you make it.

Stay Nearby

Fort Mitchell, Alabama

Bluff Creek

Overview Bluff Creek Campground is situated on the shores of Walter F. George Lake on the Georgia and Alabama border. The lake is a great place to get away for a week, a weekend or just an afternoo...

Eufaula, Alabama

White Oak (Creek) Campground

Overview White Oak Creek Campground is situated on the shores of Walter F. George Lake on the Georgia and Alabama border. The lake is a great place to get away for a week, a weekend or just an afte...

Morris, Georgia

Cotton Hill

Overview Cotton Hill Campground is situated on the shores of Walter F. George Lake on the Georgia and Alabama border. The lake is a great place to get away for a week, a weekend or just an afternoo...

Abbeville, Alabama

Hardridge Creek

Overview Hardridge Creek Campground is situated on the shores of Walter F. George Lake on the Georgia and Alabama border. The lake is a great place to get away for a week, a weekend or just an afte...

Nearby Adventures

  • Mountain Bike in Chewacla SP

    Few places in the southeast have as wide a range of mountain biking as CSP, which includes standard XC trails, a well groomed and extensive dirt jump area, flow trails, and a wicked feature area complete with a massive wall ride and Oregon-downhil...

    27 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike and Camp the Big Poplar Loop , F.D. Roosevelt SP

    We camped a few nights in the F.D. Roosevelt campground in our Airstream before setting out for two nights in the backcountry. Our first stop was at the Visitor Center to talk with the ranger and plan our route. Some of the campsites are limited a...

    7.8 miles

  • Hike the Deadening Alpine Trail

    The Deadening Alpine Trail, that name just reeks of adventure. It is about half way between Birmingham to the north, and Montgomery to the south, (The Deadening Alpine Trailhead, 354 Long Branch Dr. Dadeville, AL 36853). It runs through an isolate...

    3.6 miles 580 ft gain

  • Cliff Jump at Acapulco Rock (Chimney Rock)

    Acapulco Rock is a great spot for cliff jumping for all ages. There are plenty of spots to jump from varying heights. Acapulco Rock (also referred to as Chimney Rock) is accessible only by water. Following the pin provided will lead you straight t...