Georgia had me at “Grand Canyon”

The picture in the Georgia state tourist book of Providence Canyon State Park sold me at first glance.  It is touted as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”  and I really wondered how it could be since the geography of the area doesn’t look even remotely like it.

A little more research explained how poor farming practices in the 1800’s caused severe erosion in a step canyon area exposing multiple layers of sandstone.

There are several trails that wind back into different canyons and another that winds through the woods surrounding the canyon.  We walked most of the trails in the canyon and enjoyed looking up at the different layers of rock and the odd shapes that the sandstone has morphed into.  We thought if we walked the loop trail through the woods we’d get an overlook view of some of the canyon area, however after an hour we never did see it from that perspective.  A great overlook in the day use area snagged some beautiful views of the canyon from above.

The fee to enter the park is $5 using an honor system and well worth it even though the canyon area is not large.  We spent about three hours hiking and taking some of the pictures below.  If we would have had more time, we would have hiked into the backpacking sites to see what they looked like.  The hike into the canyon was labeled strenuous but not taxing as long as you are reasonably fit.

Canyon from above

Canyon from above

Sandstone layers with different colors

Sandstone layers with different colors


Love lone trees hanging on.

Love lone trees hanging on with roots all exposed

See the layers

See the layers

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6 Responses to Georgia had me at “Grand Canyon”

  1. Rene Kipp says:

    I’ve been reading your blog posts from the beginning and I’m enjoying your tales. I’ll be bookmarking this park and someday I’ll see it for myself.

    • gconthemove says:

      It was definitely a good afternoon trip. We are always looking for cheap/free things to do and ways to stay outdoors. Do you have anything that we should add to our list of places to go?

  2. Matthew Speed says:

    I lived in Georgia for five years and really grew to appreciate the North Georgia mountains after having lived in (mostly) flat Texas all my life. There are a number of parks and waterfalls really worth seeing up toward Tennessee.

    • gconthemove says:

      We agree that North Georgia’s hills and terrain are beautiful — the Little River Canyon was especially wonderful for us. Also, we thought of you at the Georgia Veterans State Park because in the park office they had a basket of ‘fatwood’. Hope all is well with your family and I’ll contact you when we get back to the east coast for ideas on neat places to hike.

  3. Maura says:

    I just found your blog and I am enjoying reading your adventures


    • gconthemove says:

      Glad you are appreciating some of our ramblings. Looks like you are doing the same type of full-time travel with workkamping in between too. Great to have another connection!

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