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Saturday Hike: Providence Canyon

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lumpkin, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 20 2012  10:00 am >> Sat, Oct 20 2012 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 11 2012 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 20 2012 2:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:18
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 20 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


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.  A surprising feature of the park is the perpetually wet canyon floor. The exposed water table creates a pretty pattern in the sand, called a "braided stream."

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.

Total Distance - about 10 miles

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 -

For those who are interested in purchasing a Canyon Climbers Club card or getting their card punched, we will be stopping at Florence Marina State Park after the hike.  The Marina is ~8 miles west of Cloudland Canyon State Park.  For information on the Canyon Climbers Club, check out this link: -

We will be stopping in Columbus for dinner on the way back.  If you are interested in stopping, make sure to coordinate with others in the carpool to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Required Items to Bring:

Water or Energy Drinks

Trail Snacks


Good Hiking Shoes/Boots

Rain jacket, just in case

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking Poles
Bug Spray
State Parks Pass, if you have one

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Providence Canyon State Park
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815

- From the park and ride, go South on  I-85 and drive approximately 45 miles to I-185 South
- 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):268Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $107.20 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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