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Providence Canyon

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lumpkin, GA   Hike: Providence Canyon  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Mar 28 2017  9:30 am >> Tue, Mar 28 2017 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Mar 23 2017 10:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 27 2017 11:30 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Providence Canyon State Park was established in 1971 to preserve the unique scenic beauty of "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon." Due to poor farming practices by early settlers, the soft soil began washing away in the early 1800s when trees were cleared to plant crops. By 1850, ditches three- to five-feet-deep had been cut into the land. Today some of them are as deep as 150 feet and have interesting colors of pink, orange, red, and purple.

We will begin our hike on the 7-mile Backcountry Trail Loop and continue along it until returning to the canyon floor.  From there, we will follow the creek beds into the various canyons.  We will return on the 2.5-mile Canyon Loop Trail to view the canyons from above.

We plan to hike at a moderate pace, but we will take a break for lunch as well as stop to take photos along the way.

Trail Map -

Required Items to Bring:

Water or Energy Drinks
Trail Snacks
Good Hiking Shoes/Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles
Bug Spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Providence Canyon State Park
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815

- Follow I-85 South to I-185 South (Exit 21)
- Drive through Columbus and just before reaching the entrance of Fort Benning (Exit 1) on to 27/280, go south on 27/280 for about 12 miles
- Remain on 27 as 27 & 280 separate, and drive approximately 19 miles
- Just before the city of Lumpkin, turn right onto 39C and drive about 7 miles to Providence Canyon State Park

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):265Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $106.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


Free, but there is a $5.00 parking fee per car, if you do not already have a Georgia State Park parking pass.

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