“aka "The Little Grand 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, 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.
A cool 1/2 day trip. Plenty of hiking down into the canyon. There are multiple trails. Some short, some long. The canyon trails are all about .25 to .50 mile walks. There is also a 3 mile and 7 mile trail if you have time. We hit the canyons and it took about 2 hours. Overall we enjoyed it. The colors are very shocking going from white to a dark red and everything in between. Very muddy when it rains so wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting red clay on.
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Nice place to see for a couple hours - not a lot of other things in the area so I would not make a special trip just for this. There is a parking fee. A good place to take a stroll and take in the vistas should you find yourself nearby.
When my kids were younger, Providence Canyon State Park was the impetus for a spring break trek across west Georgia. We based our entire trip on visiting this Georgia State Park gem.
Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” is absolutely beautiful. 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 in the state.
Great hike! Fun for the Kiddos but a steep climb back up if you have issues with that! We enjoyed this little canyon a bunch!
Beyond beautiful! Super wet with clay mud all the way through when we went at the end of December but totally worth it! Also, Be ready for some steep trails! 5 &6 were my favorite but 7 was most colorful!
Beautiful Adventure - We stopped here as part of Georgia's Canyon Climber's Club destinations. Having been in Bryce Canyon, along the rim of the Grand Canyon, and deep into Zion, this is the south's own version of desert landscape. The history of this area is a great learning tool for future farmers and gardeners. The beauty will leave your camera clicking. We wish that we had gone in the fall or spring when it wasn't so hot and humid. Unfortunately, this trip was a little rushed. Come when you can stay awhile.
So cool!!! We took the time to chat with the incredibly sweet and helpful Ranger in the gift shop/museum and she directed us to the best routes to maximize our time we had. The 2.5 mike loop is not very difficult, and offers some really pretty views. We would go back again! Visited in late July and stayed at Florence Marina State Park.
A couple little parks close to the entrance with some great look outs of the canyon. The best views are on fairly substantial hikes. But can also be a quick stop for kids to enjoy an easy look out and park to get some energy out.
Well worth the trip!! Went in March while our college was on spring break. It was mostly overcast during the first part of our hike which was the descent. The sun decided to come out while we were exploring the various canyon floors though. While it wasn't scorching hot, it did get humid which made the hike up out of the canyon seem hotter than it really was. I strongly recommend taking a frog togg chilly pad or an equivalent sports towel. Great views from both rim and floor! I was able to get some good shots with my new camera.
Fun little place! The map was confusing to read and turned a 7 mile hike into a 12 mile hike due to confusion, but all in all, a fun time had with some friends and a new place explored. The clay was amazing. There were so many different colors I didn't even know existed. Dig around and play. You're going to get dirty! Don't forget to throw away your trash!
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