National Parks / Natural World
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area Lumpkin
Where is it at?
Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
8930 Canyon Road
Tel: 229 838 6870
Where are we going today?
Who's ready to explore! First thing we want you to do - take a DEEP breath in! That's fresh air, and it's so good for you! That clean, crisp smell that you rarely find if you live in the city. Next, look around you. How beautiful is nature, and how fun will it be to explore!?
Can you see the massive gullies as deep as 150 feet? You must be in Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon"! This time, however, it really shows the impact that humans have on the land. These gullies were caused by poor farming practices during the 1800s - pretty crazy huh!? (They do make for amazing photos though, so don't forget your camera!)
There is a rim trail which you can admire the views of the canyons from, but make sure you stay behind the fences because you never know what the edges might do! It is nature after all...
The park also hold very cool events such as the magical Astronomy Night, where you can witness the twinkling sky without almost any light pollution - it's amazing how many stars you can see in the sky - and geology days where you can get a very incredible up close look at the park and all it's secrets! Great for kids to really learn about our earth and the universe about it.
If you can't wait to start again early the next day, you can always stay the night! Camping, cottages and units are available nearby at Florence Marina State Park.
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Opens 7am, Closing 6pm Sept - April / 9pm April - Sept.
Visitor center only open Weekends 8am - 5pm Sept - Nov / 8am - 5pm March - May
School kids love hiking the park's three mile trail and get right into the canyons themselves! There is also an informative 13 minute video which explains the history of the canyon and the area. These are available on a self-guided basis, or they could even participate in one of their ranger-led school programs. After learning, they can play on one of the two playgrounds! .
Why not bring your own food and have a picnic! The view is spectacular, and it's a great way to eat lunch as a family. .
Any Top Tips?
As much as we want you to have fun, make sure you use caution on trails and don't venture beyond fences or overlooks. Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse!!.