Weekend Getaway: Providence Canyon State Park

Weekend Getaway: Providence Canyon State Park

Weekend Getaway

Bordering Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, Alabama is very conveniently located and has numerous outdoor adventure opportunities close by.  So many in fact, that we recently created a "Weekend Getaway" series where we provide information on nearby weekend getaway destinations each month! Continuing with this serious, today we are highlighting Providence Canyon State Park in Georgia!


About Providence Canyon State Park

Located in Lumpkin, GA, just 3 hours and 15 minutes from Birmingham, Providence Canyon State Park is an excellent choice for a weekend getaway. Known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon," you will not want to forget your camera on this trip! As stated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the massive gullies were simply caused by poor farming practices during the 1800s, but today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state!

This 1,003-acre state park truly is a gem. In just a short drive, you will feel like you have been transported somewhere out west! The park offers over 10 miles of hiking trails with incredible views of the canyons' pink, orange, red and purple hues. Backpackers can stay overnight along the backcountry trail, and those who wish to hike to canyons 4 and 5 are invited to join the Canyon Climbers Club.

Plan Your Visit

Hours: Outdoor Recreation Area

  • September 15–April 14: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • April 15–September 14: 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Hours: Visitor Center

  • Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


    • The fee is $5 per vehicle
    • Annual passes are available!


    • Hiking
    • Climbing
    • Photography
    • Picnicking
    • Astronomy Programs
    • Camping
    • Geology Programs
    • Wildlife Viewing


    Where To Stay:

    Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area now offers Site-Specific Camping at 3 pioneer campsites and 6 backcountry campsitesClick here for more information about the campsites and to make a reservation! You will also find camp sites, cottages, and efficiency units at the nearby Florence Marina State Park, which is located on 45,000 acre Lake Walter F. George.

    For more information on Providence Canyon State Park, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website!

    All photos are by Water No Bubbles, used with permission.

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