Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, Georgia

Located just a short drive up into the hills from Fort Gaines is one of the most stunning places in all of Georgia.

Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin (south of Columbus and not far from the Alabama line) contains more than 1,000 acres of spectacular canyons in a part of the South where you would least expect to find them. They once even attracted famed General George S. Patton, who came out to take a look for himself when he was stationed at Fort Benning.

Making the canyons even more unlikely is the fact that they were started by the hand of man. Back in the early 19th century, farmers moved into the wilderness and cleared fields where the canyons exist today. Unfamiliar with modern conservation techniques, they plowed up and down the rolling hlls. When the rains came, plow furrows turned into gullies. Over time gullies turned into ravines and eventually into the magnificent canyons seen today. They are even known as "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon."

Now a mature Georgia state park, Providence Canyon features an array of canyons, spectacular vistas, picnic areas and nature trails that lead around the rims of the canyons and down into their bottoms.

To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/providencecanyon.

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