Don’t Miss Providence Canyon State Park In Georgia
Providence Canyon State Park is a special destination that lies just past the Georgia/Alabama border, right outside of the beautiful Lake Eufaula. Known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon”, with steep canyon walls that go as high as 150 feet, the breathtaking views from the canyon rim are just spectacular.
The canyon is an awesome destination for those travelers that are looking for a unique experience. Providence Canyon State Park is just that, a unique and highly prized natural area that’s just waiting to be explored.
Hiking in Providence Canyon State Park
The canyon boasts about ten miles of hiking trails, some that loop through the canyon floor, at varying degrees of difficulty. Hiking the canyon would be an easy feat for experienced hikers.
However, I am not an experienced hiker. So it was a great experience, but my group didn’t hike any of the more difficult trails. We stayed on the more beaten path and doing this at the end of May in the Georgia heat and humidity was no joke either.
Come prepared to Providence Canyon State Park with proper footwear, bottled water, sunblock, and in a perfect world, a hiking stick.
Even hiking the more moderate trails this canyon has to offer was a good workout. Just hiking to get to the floor of the ravine was exactly that, a steep quarter-mile hike.
You can visit Providence Canyon State Park and enjoy the scenic views, picnic areas, and playgrounds with your family without hiking at all, it just depends on the experience that you’re looking for.
That said, hiking down into the canyon and taking in the striking scenery was truly awe-inspiring. Standing at the bottom of this ravine with the imposing walls of the gorge surrounding you on every side really brings home a feeling of reverence for the land. And it reminds you of the importance of keeping it safe for future generations.
The scenery and history
There is so much natural beauty to take in here, as the rust-colored walls of the canyon rise above. Hues of red, orange, white, and faint shades of purple color the sandstone walls of this epic ravine in the wilds of Georgia. Lush forest grows all along the rim of the gorge and throughout the park.
A bit surprisingly, Providence Canyon State Park is not a naturally made geological wonder. After years of bad farming techniques in the late 1800s, the land gave way to erosion that formed the deep gullies that would become the canyon walls. Exquisite views meet the eye all along the fenced rim trail, making for some spectacular scenery and amazing pictures.
Although there is some camping at Providence Canyon State Park, they only have a few sites available and they are backwoods camping only. However, there are some nearby campgrounds that have all of the amenities that you need for a fantastic outdoor getaway.
Florence Marina State Park Campground
Florence Marina State Park campground is only eight miles from Providence Canyon State Park. It’s the closest campground to the park and sits right on the gorgeous Lake Eufaula.
It has all the amenities that most RVers are looking for, including 50 and 30-amp electric hook-ups with water and sewer on most sites. The campground also has a marina, boat rentals, and a dump station. They have bathhouses, laundry facilities, as well as a trading post and mini-golf for the kids for a fee.
This is a wonderful campground to consider if you are traveling with children. You can find Florence Marina State Park Campground at 218 Florence Road, Omaha, Georgia, 31821. Learn more on Campground Reviews here.
Lake Eufaula Campground
Lake Eufaula Campground sits on the banks of Chewalla Creek and also offers 50 and 30-amp pull-thru sites, with all sites being full hook-up sites. This campground has all of the things needed for an RVer to have a pleasant stay. They also have bathhouses and a laundry facility, but they also have a pool, playground and pavilion/picnic area.
Lake Eufaula Campground is a 30-minute drive from Providence Canyon State Park. They are located at 151 W. Chewalla Creek Drive, Eufaula, Alabama, 36027. Read more campground reviews here.
Providence Canyon State Park is a great destination to consider if you’re looking for a unique adventure in the southern U.S. Amazing hiking and stunning landscapes await you at the canyon. Providence Canyon State Park is located at 8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, Georgia, 31815.