Presidential Pathways / Lumpkin

Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

8930 Canyon Rd.
Lumpkin, GA 31815

229-838-6202
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Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon" is a testament to the power of man's influence on the land. Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused simply by poor farming practices during the 1800s, yet today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color. The canyon soil's pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park.  

Visitors can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail, taking care to stay behind fences and off the fragile canyon edge. Hikers who explore the deepest canyons will usually find a thin layer of water along the trail, indication of the water table below. Guests who hike to canyons 4 and 5 may want to join the Canyon Climbers Club. Backpackers can stay overnight along the backcountry trail, which highlights portions of the canyon and winds through mixed forest. 

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Picnic Area

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Flatlanders Canyon Crash Trail Run

    Flatlanders Canyon Crash Trail Run

    02/24/2018 - 02/24/2018

    Join us for our annual "Canyon Crash" 5K/10K/13.1/50K. This is a great "first time" trail run for the novice runner or road runner. However, it will challenge the season trail runner at the 1/2 marathon and 50k distance. To register please visit: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=50767.

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  • Sunset Hike

    Sunset Hike

    03/17/2018 - 03/17/2018

    Join us for a ranger-led hike into and around the canyon, learn about the natural history of the canyon, and enjoy the sunset from the canyon rim.

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  • Astronomy Night

    Astronomy Night

    04/14/2018 - 04/14/2018

    Join us and the Coca Cola Space Science Center for a night under the stars. Learn about the night sky and view stars and planets through telescopes. Seating will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs for more comfort.

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  • Women's Wilderness Weekend

    Women's Wilderness Weekend

    05/04/2018 - 05/04/2018

    Venturing into the wilderness for the first time and want to learn the ways of the wild? Or, looking to improve your wilderness knowledge? Join AmeriCorps rangers and like-minded women on a multi-day adventure (May 4-6) to hone your outdoor survival skills. This trip has many opportunities for demonstrations, discussion, practice and questions.

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  • Halloween Hike

    Halloween Hike

    10/27/2018 - 10/27/2018

    Ever wanted to hike down into Providence Canyon after dark? Here is your chance! We invite the public to join us on a spooky ranger led hike down into Providence Canyon. Be sure to bring a flash light.

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