Georgia Has Its Own Little Grand Canyon—And We're Planning A Trip ASAP

You’ll want to add Providence Canyon State Park to your bucket list. Trust us.

About 20 miles south of Fort Benning, just east of the Alabama state line, you'll find one of Georgia's best-kept secrets. Providence Canyon State Park is a 1,003-acre recreation area with unique geological formations you'd expect to see in Arizona, Utah, or maybe even on Mars, but certainly not in The Peach State.

Providence Canyon, also known as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon, is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia, though it owes its existence to humans.

Providence Canyon
Providence Canyon - courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Georgia Department of Natural Resources calls the incredible network of canyons and gullies "a testament to the power of man's influence on the land."

Poor farming practices in the 1800s created these unusual geological formations. Erosion of the Coastal Plain formed gullies as deep as 150 feet and exposed soil in 43 different shades of pink, orange, red, and purple. The result? One of the prettiest locations in the state, guaranteed to satisfy photographers and nature lovers alike.

Reader's Digest even named it the best day trip in Georgia. Visitors to Providence Canyon State Park can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail or get a little more adventurous by hiking to the bottom of the deepest canyons. One of the most popular hikes, the five-mile Canyon Loop Trail, circles nine of the canyons and takes about two hours to complete.

Abandoned cars in Providence Canyon State Park
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On the east side of Canyon Loop Trail, keep an eye out for the dozen 1950s cars that the wilderness reclaimed. You won't regret it. Parking costs five dollars a day, and annual passes are available. For more information, visit

Plum-leaf Azalea
Nancy Rotenberg

In addition to the rare geological formation, a rare flower blooms only in this region. The Plumleaf Azalea blooms during July and August in the "canyon soil's pink, orange, red and purple hues, make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park," according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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