Georgia Has A Grand Canyon And It’s Too Beautiful For Words
For those of you who haven’t been, Georgia has its very own incredibly beautiful, and wildly popular canyon spot. Although it may appear similar to Arizona’s Grand Canyon, it actually is quite smaller. Thus the name this spot was given, Little Grand Canyon.
Providence Canyon State Park, near the town of Lumpkin, is more than 1,000 acres of pure man-made beauty. What was once sprawling hills of dense forest land is now filled with massive gullies which drop over 150 feet and can be up to 1,000 feet long. But these gullies weren’t the work of nature, I’m afraid. The canyons were formed due to a few spotty farming practices back in the 1800s.
The land was originally inhabited by the Muscogee tribe, long before Europeans came over to Georgia. However, just between 1790 and 1830, the European population started booming in the area, and beautiful, lush creek land was successfully resumed by the government for a settlement for farmers.
From the 1820s on, farmers starting clearing out the trees, in order to grow crops such as cotton and corn. What the farmer’s didn’t know though, was that the roots of these trees actually stabilize the soil. Without the trees, erosion of the land became rampant. Especially once rain season hit. Since the uppermost strata was mainly composed of the resistant iron-rich clay, once rain got beneath the clay and reached the sand strata underneath, there was no stopping the erosion. It was even said that locals spoke of lying in bed on cold winter nights during heavy rain and hearing loud BANGS that sounded like cannon fire. It was really just the big chunks of earth falling from the steep-sided walls into the canyons.
Today, Providence Canyon is a natural beauty. In fact, it’s even listed as one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through each of the nine of the canyons that are part of the day access area, or they can hike around the trail that skirts the rim of the canyon. It’s here at the rim where you can catch some spectacular views.
If you’re visiting the park, make sure you keep an eye out for the rare Plumleaf Azalea, which grows only in that particular region and blooms during July and August, this is when most azaleas have already lost their color for the season. Also make sure you keep an eye out for the unique soil and layers that still can be seen in the canyon walls. Red, orange, pink, purple—all different types of sediments layering the scene.
But for now, indulge in this insanely beautiful aerial view of Providence Canyon, thanks to YouTuber Lake Murray Aerial. Feel what it’s like to soar above this Georgia wonder, and see from a vantage point that few have seen this canyon from.
Are you looking to take a trip to Providence Canyon? Just follow the address below:
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Or if you’re feeling adventurous, peruse this little guy: Here Are The 7 Most Incredible Natural Wonders In Georgia.
Happy Trails, everyone!