When you are walking in the creek bed in the bottom of Providence Canyon you might unintentionally be afraid that some loose stone might fall down or maybe in one instant the whole cliff will collapse. I was touching the canyon’s “walls” and it seemed that sand was falling off so easily. But none of these fears can compare with the strong pleasing feeling that comes from being surrounded by such natural beauty. The colorful stone-sand, the trees, the stream all contribute to the beauty that is around you. The rare Plumleaf Azalia and other wild flowers, as well as the pink, orange, red, brown, yellow and purple hues of the soft canyon soil, make a beautiful natural painting at this unique park. About forty-three different colors of sand have been identified here.
The Canyon was created by the erosion of soft, multicolored soils. It consists of huge gullies sculpted of soil, not by the action of the river or stream but by rainwater runoff from farm fields. Historical researches show that the canyon began forming in the early 1800s as the result of poor soil-management practices.
The Providence Canyon State Park includes 16 canyons, some as deep as 150 feet, all of which together make up a site know as Providence Canyon. Providence Canyon continues to erode and change due to surface water runoff and the undercutting force of groundwater.
There are two main canyon trails in the park. The white blazed Canyon Trail is a three mile loop that runs around canyons. It is primarily used by day hikers. The red blazed Backcountry Trail is a wider seven mile loop that circles the park and is mainly used by overnight backpackers.
The Canyon is located a few miles west of Lumpkin, and about 25 miles south of city Columbus. The canyon is open for visitors year round.
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