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Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

Route 1, Box 158, Lumpkin, Georgia 31815 USA

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Tue 7a-9p

“an ideal place to view night skies”

Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations.  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.

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Reviewed by
steven.barrera.3194

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
May 26, 2014

Great place to stop and see nature. It's a short mile or two walk to see the canyon which is the remains of the earth after it collapsed due to poor farming practices on bad soil/ground in the 1800s. The canyon is a sight to see and if your in the area driving by you should definitely stop by. Though you do have to walk through about a mile of mud where the water runs down so be prepared with good shoes and admission is 5$ to the park, but it is definitely worth it.

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vnelson88

  • 11 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

On a recommendation from a friend we drove out of our way on our Summer Road Trip to see PCSP. Its pretty much in the middle of no where and if your traveling in a travel trailer as we were or a large RV think twice before committing to the parking lot at the visitors center. We had a tough time turning around and there is no signage indicating so. Anyway, the visitor center doubles as a museum of sorts for the canyon. The museum is located inside the visitors center in the back and could easily be missed. Be sure to check it out, tons of old photos and history on the canyon. My family of 4 hiked down the path to the canyon floor. The path is steep in places but most should be able to make it no problem. At the bottom, its quite hot. Be sure to bring water if you plan on hiking around the canyon floor for any period of time. The park is beautiful and quite a sight and a great place to have a picnic after a little leg stretching or dog walk. We enjoyed being there despite the drive out of our way and would recommend it to anyone in the area. If you are unfit to hike down to the base you can still see the canyon from the top at numerous places and the visitors center is handicap accessible.

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Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

Route 1, Box 158
Lumpkin, Georgia
31815 USA

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Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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