When we were planning our American leg of the trip, one location stood out in my mind. The Grand Canyon. I definitely wanted to visit the majestic rock formation while out West. Little did I know, there is a small scale version of it on the East Coast so I got to get a taste of the real deal ahead of time with what people call The Little Grand Canyon in Providence State Park, Georgia!
Alright, it’s not the exact same thing. The Grand Canyon is a deep canyon caused by 5-6 billion years of the Colorado River carving through rocks that could be up to 70 billion years old. Although they are both the result of erosion, Providence’s canyons are much younger and in great part caused by human activity.
Poor farming techniques and deforestation of the area by early European settlers in the 19th century exposed the fragile soil. The marine sediments, sand and clay soon were exposed by the gullies created by running rainwater. These little canyons can be viewed from the top if you hike the 3 miles loop around or from the bottom if you prefer to get in.
We chose the latter as it provides a better perspective (in my opinion) of the size of the canyons that reach up to 150 feet. It’s also the best way to see the exposed layers of sediments that showcase mother nature’s work of art.
If you ever make your way to or through Georgia, stop by Providence Canyon Park, it’s worth the stop for a half-day full of beauty and please, respect nature and avoid trying to climb the canyon walls or writing your name on the rocks. It’s not cool.