PROVIDENCE CANYON STATE OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA, GA

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...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Sep 30 2015   Later Dates

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Parkpass is required for all vehicles.
ParkPass fees:
1-12 passenger vehicles $5 per day or $50 annual ParkPass;
13 - 30 passenger vehicles $30 per day or $75 annual ParkPass;
31 or more passenger vehicles $70 per day or $250 annual ParkPass;
Georgia active duty military/veterans $3.75 per day or $37.50 annual ParkPass.
ParkPass is available at the park office or by calling (770) 389-7401.
Overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay.

Park Hours: The park is open daily as follows:
September 15 - April 14 / 7AM-6PM
April 15 - September 14 / 7AM-9PM

The Visitor Center is open Sat-Sun only, as follows:
September 1 - November 30, 8AM-5PM
March 1 - May 31 / 8AM-5PM
(Be advised that the Museum will remain closed, year-round.)

To qualify, members should hike from the Visitor Center to the creek bed, turn left to enter canyons #4 and #5, then return on the same trail. Membership cards may be punched after your hike at nearby Florence Marina State Park, located 16 miles west of Lumpkin at the end of Hwy. 39C.
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PROVIDENCE CANYON PICNIC SHELTERS Picnic Shelter 50
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PROVIDENCE CANYON PICNIC SHELTERS Picnic Shelter 50
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PROVIDENCE CANYON PIONEER SITES Pioneer Camping 50
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PROVIDENCE CANYON PIONEER SITES Pioneer Camping 50
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*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Description

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. Camping, cottages and efficiency units are available nearby at Florence Marina State Park on 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George.

Visitors are urged to use caution on trails and to not go beyond fences or overlooks. Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse. Park Hours: The park is open daily as follows:
September 15 - April 14 / 7AM-6PM
April 15 - September 14 / 7AM-9PM

The Visitor Center is open Sat-Sun only, as follows:
September 1 - November 30, 8AM-5PM
March 1 - May 31 / 8AM-5PM
(Be advised that the Museum will remain closed, year-round.)

To qualify, members should hike from the Visitor Center to the creek bed, turn left to enter canyons #4 and #5, then return on the same trail. Membership cards may be punched after your hike at nearby Florence Marina State Park, located 16 miles west of Lumpkin at the end of Hwy. 39C.

Recreation:

Hiking - 3 miles of trails, part of the Canyon Climbers Club (get cards punched at nearby Florence Marina State Park)
Backpacking - 7-mile backcountry trail
Astronomy and geology programs
Picnicking
Stargazing
Photography

Providence Canyon School Program Brochure
UHaul & Providence Canyon

Facilities:

1,003 Acres
2 Picnic Shelters ($40)
2 Pioneer Campsites ($40)
6 Backcountry Campsites ($10/person)

Nearby Attractions:

Albany, Georgia
Americus-Sumter County, Georgia Columbus, Georgia
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge
Florence Marina State Park (camping/cottages)
George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge
Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park (camping)
Meadowlinks Golf Course at George T. Bagby
Westville Historic Village

Booking Window

Backcountry Campsite

Sat Aug 30 2014 - Wed Sep 30 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 13 Month(s) in advance.

Picnic Shelter

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Wed Sep 30 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 13 Month(s) in advance.

Pioneer Camping

Sat Aug 30 2014 - Wed Sep 30 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 13 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Concession
  • Concessions
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Center
  • Overlook
  • Parking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Staff Residence
  • Telephone
  • Visitors Center
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Pioneer Camping $40.00-$75.00
Picnic Shelter $40.00
Backcountry Campsite $10.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
Pioneer Camping $40.00-$75.00
Picnic Shelter $40.00
Backcountry Campsite $10.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.06556, -84.92056
32°3'56"N, 84°55'14"W

FROM ATLANTA: TAKE I-85 SOUTH TOWARD LAGRANGE. BEFORE GETTING TO LAGRANGE, TAKE I-185 TO COLUMBUS. IN COLUMBUS, EXIT ON US HWY 27 (EXIT 1-A) AND TAKE IT TO CUSSETA, TURN RIGHT AT CAUTION LIGHT, REMAINING ON US HWY 27. TAKE US HWY 27 TO LUMPKIN, AND RIGHT AFTER THE CITY LIMIT SIGN, TURN RIGHT ON HWY 39C. FOLLOW SIGN TO THE PARK. FROM TALLAHASSEE: TAKE U.S. 27 NORTH TO LUMPKIN. TURN LEFT ON HWY. 39C AND FOLLOW THE SIGN TO THE PARK. FROM ALBANY: TAKE U.S. 280 & U.S. 82 NORTH TO RICHLAND. IN RICHLAND, TURN LEFT ON GA 27 AND GO TO LUMPKIN. TURN RIGHT ON US HWY 27 AND LEFT ONTO HWY 39C. FOLLOW THE SIGNS TO THE PARK.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

PROVIDENCE CANYON STATE OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA
8930 CANYON ROAD
LUMPKIN  GA  31815

Phone Number:

Information:  (229)838-6870
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