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Backpack Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

Scenic view of Providence Canyon

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.

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. Backpackers can stay overnight along the backcountry trail, which highlights portions of the canyon and winds through mixed forest.

Location: Lumpkin, near Columbus.

April 15 – September 14: 7AM-9PM
September 15 – April 14: 7AM-6PM

Parking: $5

Things To Do:

  • Hike 3 miles of trails
  • Backpack the 7-mile backcountry trail
  • Have a picnick
  • Enjoy stargazing
  • Stop by the visitor center on the weekends

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