Providence Canyon, sometimes referred to as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” wasn’t formed by millions of years of slow erosion like the Grand Canyon, but rather by poor farming practices. The trees were originally cleared for farming in the early 1800s and by the mid 1800s ditches had started to form. Today, the canyon is over 150 feet deep and continues to deepen although it mostly grows wider at this point. The canyon floor is made of a harder, more resilient type of soil and the rain runoff has a tougher time penetrating it. The walls and pinnacles, however, are still subject to nature’s fury and continue to fall away making the canyon widen further. This is a rather picturesque example of manmade erosion.
The 3-mile White Blaze Trail leads down into the canyon and allows for some up-close looks at the canyon’s towering formations. You can also get a permit to camp overnight on the 7-mile Backcountry Trail. When my wife and I did the overnight trip we were rewarded with solitude and the sounds of nature. We barely saw another human on the entire circuit and coyotes lulled us to sleep with their singing. Okay, they sang to me and terrified my wife with their howling that seemed to get ever closer to the tent. Pretty great trip!