Following along the trails, you are surrounded by towering walls that range in color of various shades of red. The walls are jagged in places, smooth in places, and along the top, trees grow around the fragile rim. As you walk through the moist creek bed you feel as if you are immersed in something that is out of the Earth. Sometimes you have to take a second to remind yourself that you are indeed not on Mars or not even out west, but rather you are in Georgia at Providence Canyon State Park.
Providence Canyon is known as one of Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders even though it is not completely natural in it's conception. The canyons are the longtime result of poor farming practices of historic times and goes to show just how much of an effect that human interaction can have on the land that we live on.
There are two options for hiking in Providence Canyon. There's a seven mile back country trail and 3 miles of regular trails.
The day of our visit we had a lot of time, so we decided to do the entire set of trails. We started first by doing all of the trails within the base of the canyon followed by the rim trail.
Either trail is pretty suitable for anyone as neither trail has any crazy elevation changes. The largest change is going down into and coming out of the main canyon, but it is very doable for most people.
This park is well suited for a family looking to enjoy a day outside at a place that is very unique or for an adventurer looking to see something new. Trust me when I say that this place is worth your visit as you can't see anything like this anywhere else.
To see more one of Georgia's Seven Wonders check out excellent hiking and a natural water slide located at Tallulah Gorge!