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Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

8930 Canyon Road

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.


Michael Evans

Monday, April 23, 2018
Providence Canyon is my family’s go to park for a day of exploring and adventure and an easy 45 minutes or so ride from Columbus, GA. Each time we go, we see something new and venture down a new path. The initial path into the canyon is somewhat of a steep 1/4 mile. Once in the canyon area, some of the paths continue over and past the canyons. If your bringing kids, pack a change of clothes and be sure to let them run through the small creek that is in the bottom of the canyon. Old shoes are recommended. Plenty of nice picnic spots along the upper/outer rim area. Arrive early on the weekends in order to get a decent parking spot. Parking gets creative on days with great weather and I’ve seen it backed up from the main office to the gate entrance. Dog friendly and plenty of geocache sites.

Daniel B Latzanich

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
This is a gorgeous hike, easy and relaxing and scenic. A true canyon, the walls are probably 100 feet high in parts, displaying lovely color and shapes. Don't climb on them though! Just soak in the vibe. Best visited in springtime.

Diego Posada

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
As a park ranger I've had the opportunity to see and work some really cool parks, but Providence Canyon is one of the few to take my breath away. It's a spectacular sight considering it was formed through poor agricultural practices that led to erosion. Highly recommend visiting!

Andrey Kostyushko

Monday, May 14, 2018
Hiked the white blazed trail into the canyon floor- leaves from behind the Visitor Center and then spent 2 hours exploring each of the 9 canyons. Highly recommend waterproof hiking shoes to avoid wet feet as the canyon floor is filled with stream beds. Ranks as one of our top Southern hikes!

Rabeea Jabbar

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Absolutely lovely mini canyon place. We loved it. So many trails and canyons. Beautiful view. Go here early in the day so you can have the whole day for walking around and fun. Bring snacks though because there are no food places in the park or snack bar areas. Luckily we had packed snacks. Highly recommended for anyone. It's also kids and dog friendly. Beautiful overall, would go back here soon.

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