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Providence Canyon Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lumpkin, GA   Hike: Providence Canyon Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 19 2023  10:15 am >> Sun, Mar 19 2023 3:15 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 12 2023 7:01 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 18 2023 12:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tricia S.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join me for exploring Providence Canyon, know as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon. The Canyons were created from poor farming practices by the early settlers and the soft soil started washing it away. It has exposed the colorful sandy soil.

We will take it at a moderate pace while exploring canyons 2-8. We will then jump on the 6.6-mile Backcountry Trail Loop, this starts in the creek bed. Once we get off the creek bed I plan on picking up speed so we can get a workout in as well. The backcountry loop connects in with the white trail the upper canyon and we can take in some other views from above. This hike can vary by a mile or so depending on how many extra outlets we explore.

This event is much different then your North GA mountains we will be following creek beds in and out of the the various canyons. This means it will be wet, sandy and muddy. It also depends on the amount of rain we have had.

Trail Map - df/trailmaps/ProvidenceCanyon_TrailMap_2019.pdf

NOTE: THERE IS NO CARPOOL FOR THIS EVENT, feel free to coordinate on your own. 

The Visitor Center Parking lot has been underconstruction. But is scheduled to open on Tuesday, March 14th. I will call and confirm that it is open and send in email update. It is at the end of the road once you enter the park gate. 

Plan on meeting outside the visitor center doors. There are bathrooms here but always a line or not working properly. When you are driving in there is another set up bathrooms before you reach visitor center lot, but parking is minimal. We will stop at these at the end when we are on the white trail.

Required Items to Bring:

Trail Snacks/Lunch
Good Hiking Shoes/Boots
State Parks Pass, if you have one

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Bug Spray
Rain jacket, just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Providence Canyon State Park
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815


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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