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Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

Travelers Today       By    Katherine Hewitt

Updated: Jan 09, 2015 02:05 AM EST

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The Grand Canyon is undeniable one of the natural wonders in the United States and is one of the world's famed Seven Natural Wonders.  The canyon is immense, larger than can be conceived: 277 miles long and over a mile deep. But you don't have to go to Arizona to see the amazing earth process of forming a canyon.  There are several throughout the country including Georgia's Little Grand Canyon.

Near Lumpkin, Georgia is a formation called Providence Canyon.  Unlike the Grand Canyon that was formed by the Colorado River through millions of years of water erosion, this canyon was created by the environmental affects of man.  In the 1800s this area was fertile agricultural land; however, when farmers used poor processes the land eroded away and created these 150 feet deep gullies.  Ironically this National Park is preserving man's mistakes and control of the environment.

The canyon today offers visitors scenic trails and lookouts with breath taking views.  The stone has hues of reds, oranges, pinks, whites, and purples.  The hues play with and complement the shadows and light of the sun through out the day.   Vivid green pines and other trees dot the gullies below.  A rare azalea flower, the Plumleaf Azalea, grows here in July and August way after most azaleas have bloomed. 

There are 3 miles of trails to hike with picnic sights and campsites through out the 1,003 acres of the park.  The park guides offer programs about the geology and the astronomy for those who wish to learn more about the earth processes happening at Providence Canyon.  Popular among many visitors is to stay until dark and stargaze. 

The hike through the trails and down to the basin is a rather easy hike.  You can even bring your dog or younger children! At the bottom there is a small stream that runs through the canyon so you may want to bring some waterproof shoes to wear for this part.  And of course, allow plenty of time to explore and to take pictures when you visit.     

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