Absolutely beautiful day in Georgia!
Providence Canyon State Park, Lumpkin, GA
Providence Canyon State Park is tucked away in the southwest corner of Georgia…but offers a surprising beauty as a result of erosion. As you enter the State Park, it is fairly linear running alongside the roadway. Day use appears to be the high volume.
Two children’s playgrounds, two picnic pavilions and two restrooms are positioned along the upper rim as you head to the visitor center. The visitor center offers location specific clothing, souvenirs and some snack items…along with additional restrooms.
Opposite the first playground, on the right side of the roadway when you enter the park is a Methodist church from 1832 and a small pioneer cemetery that offers a realistic view of the hardships faced by these adventurous folks.
The actual“Georgia Grand Canyon” is barely visible as you make your way to the visitors center. But once you’ve paid the daily use fee($5) and signed in…you can choose the trails you desire to explore. An upper rim trail, fenced by split rail, travels the canyon rim… is easiest and offers a splendid Birdseye view and wonderful photo opportunities..
Hiking down into the shallow canyon affords a worthwhile close-up view and nicer photographs (in my opinion) especially with the backdrop of azure skies. Because the canyon and formations are merely sand and clay, they are fragile. As I briefly climb upon my soapbox, the plethora of posted warning signs are not heeded, so violators climb and scramble for their coveted selfies…defacing the natural beauty and causing more damage. While warning signs make threat of prosecution, without consistent or constant enforcement it will continue.
Once on the canyon floor, you have a few options…but for the best views hang a left and follow the small wooden Canyon 1-5 signs. All the reviews state canyons 4 and 5 are the nicest…and they are…but if you explore the canyons in numerical sequence, each gets better as you go. With fully leafed trees and foliage, viewing is tough in canyons 1-3. Signage is absent as to where the trails end, as past hikers tread further and higher in each canyon. Canyons 4 and 5 offer more prohibitive signage.
The canyon floor is a mixture of wet and dry sand. In areas a steady stream of water flows. It was dry weather on my visit so I can only assume the water would be deeper during or immediately following rains. During my late October visit, water wasn’t deep enough to enter your hiking shoes. Heed the heat and drinking water warnings during hot days, Little to no breeze in the canyon.
I did not travel the longer backcountry trail on this visit, so defer to other reviewers comments on its enjoyment.
Camping: You have two choices…a handful of Backcountry Primitive Camping that require a backpack into the canyon and 3 Pioneer Group Campsites. It’s easy to miss Pioneer Campsites 1& 2, as they are located beyond the gated park and down a two track gravel drive. Unfortunately, from the campsite, the roadway can be seen through the trees and traffic noise is loud when traveling by. During normal sleep hours (midweek) night traffic was sparse, but still disruptive. Because of road construction during my visit, it wasn’t excessive during daylight hours.
Pioneer 1-3 are essentially group sites designed to accommodate larger camping parties. But for one tent and two people $43.00 was an exorbitant price, especially with merely a pit toilet, two picnic tables and a fire ring…NO electric, NO water. But I’ve found Georgia parks a tad steep in cost in comparison to other State’s parks.
Interestingly, time zones shift from Eastern at the visitors center to Central Time at Pioneer Campsites 1& 2…so be cognizant of the switch. Pioneer 1 group site boasts a newer pit latrine with a solar spot light for nighttime…and was amply stocked. Previous campers removed the two large picnic tables from beneath the shed style shelter to the campfire ring area. The picnic tables are large and heavy, so without a group present, you won’t be moving them back to their rightful location.
For a tent camping location…there is negligible flat ground to pitch a tent, but if you are a hammock camper there are plenty of trees. The grounds at Pioneer 1 where strewn with plastic and pop tops, cigarette butts, partially melted plastic ware and snack food wrappers littered the wooded area. Not cool. A lidded plastic garbage can is tethered to the shelter so there is no excuse.
Pioneer site 2 had a grassy field, flatter area for tents and further down into the canyon past Pioneer site 1.
Pioneer site 3 is appears to be the coveted group site with ample flat, grassy field for tents, area for parking and a huge shelter. The long winding gravel two-track is also located immediately to the left upon entering the main entrance so you have the“security” of the park’s front gate being locked at 6:00 p.m.(A pavement sensor permits egress if you need to exit, but you won’t be driving back in til morning when they reopen.)
Overall, if you shared the site as a group, defraying the cost…midweek camping would not be bad. After visiting the canyon for a couple hours, there is not much else to visit in the immediate area, so bring a book.
Wildlife: you’ll likely hear some owls calling out throughout the night and woodpeckers in early morning. Small yellow finch’s were abundant. Mention of wild hogs in the park as well.
Final thoughts: A one time camping visit is sufficient for my tastes. Even at half the price, I’m not sure I’d camp here solo. However, I will likely visit the canyon in the future to see possible changes due to further erosion.
Loved staying here! Takes a minute to get there, have to go down a red dirt road. It’s up next to water that has alligators you can see at night. Free campground, great place to fish, quiet & really pretty! Great place to get away from the world. We stayed in a tent during March. There were campers there but unsure of what they hooked up to.
We visited Providence Canyon and was amazed by the size of this park. We were skeptical as the area is sometimes referred to as Georgia's little grand canyon. I still have a problem with that comparison but what a great place to visit. We did not camp here as the park only has a few hike in campsites and we had our A-Frame camper with us. We were able to park the camper at another Georgia state park (Florence Marina) very near by which made this a good area for a day trip. We hiked the canyon trails which was very interesting but be prepared, the canyon floor can be wet and the dirt is red, you will get dirty. There's also trails that allow you to hike the canyon's perimeter which offers views from a higher vantage point, this allows you to really see the size of these canyons. There are numerous picnic tables scattered throughout the upper area of the park with a restroom. This area can get really crowded in the summer which makes parking a challenge so plan accordingly.
A great way to spend a day outdoors!
Hiking here was a perfect escape. The trails were litter-free (with the exception of a can or two) and eventful (ranging from intermediate to a challenge). The scenery was diverse and fruitful - waterfalls, streams, rock formations, trees, frogs, birds, butterflies, colorful mushrooms, etc. You would not think you were anywhere near a popular college town when you are in the park.
This park is located in the small town of Omaha, GA, you will need to plan your stay accordingly for supplies as there is no shopping available within a few miles. The town of Eufaula, AL is 20 miles away and Lumpkin, GA is about 16 miles away, these are the closest places to get supplies and food. This park is a great place to plan fishing activities on the Walter F. George Reservoir (Lake Eufaula). There is a well equipped marina for short and long term boat storage/docking and also includes fish cleaning stations on site. There is a boat launch area and the camp store is equipped for most of the fishing supplies you will need.
The camp ground is an improved campground which includes water, electric, sewer, tables and grills. The roads through the campground are paved with ample room for maneuvering all classes of RV’s without issues. The bath houses are very clean and well equipped. For detailed information you can visit the Park’s Website at https://gastateparks.org/FlorenceMarina. There are a few trails for hiking down by the waters edge but we didn’t use them during this stay.
The only negative we can offer is the area was very wet when we visited due to rain the days before. Many camp sites were not useable with visible water standing and the areas around the bath houses were also flooded.
We tent camped in February 2019 on site 47 right on Lake Eufaula! Bathhouse was clean. Most sites are either on the lake or have a view of the lake. Bring your fishing poles and boats, lots of activity on the water! We want to try sites 49, 50, 51, 60, 61, 92, 122…these are on our list as the best sites. We will be back!
We stayed at Chewacla State Park as a quick call in for same day reservations, you can’t makes reservations on-line but can by calling or emailing your request. For additional information you can find answers at their web site (https://www.alapark.com/parks/chewacla-state-park). We spent two days here and was assigned to site # 10 of the 1st loop. There are two loops consisting 36 sites, one loop of 16 sites and another with 20. All sites except # 1 and # 2 have water, electric, sewer and TV connections. There are also 10 primitive camp sites located between the two full hook up loops. We used the swimming area which is close to the camp ground, the lake has a swim platform which has an elevated diving board about 10 to 12 feet high. There are many hiking and biking trails throughout the park, there are some very aggressive mountain bike trails with challenges to test even the expert riders. We also visited the waterfall which is a man made feature built by the CCC and doubles as the dam for the lake. This is a nice park but I feel it would be very crowded if all sites are full, the facilities are also showing their age regarding the bath houses but were cleaned daily.
There was excellent Verizon phone service and LTE data, we also received about 12 very clear over the air TV stations.
Very nice spacious pull thru sites on asphalt pads. Swimming pool, bait and tackle store
Boat launch on the Chattahoochee river. This location is owned and operated by the Ft Benning MWR and is located just outside the gates of Ft. Benning on the Alabama side of the Chattahoochee River. 72 RV Sites w 15,30, 50A/S/CATV
I took my boys here for the holiday weekend. The pool was large and clean, the bathrooms were recently updated, and they had fun things for the kids. They loved craft time in the afternoon, the scavenger hunt and mini golf course. Great location next to town and the owners were very accommodating.
Super pretty canyon to go explore in! We camped at the primitive back county loop. It requires a hike into the canyon, so fair warning. Watch out for tons of spiders, the path is covered in webs. Overall it was a great experience and the canyon is beautiful!
My kids love this place! The waterfall is pretty big and is literally a 5 minute hike. Kid friendly for any age. The rocks and water make it a perfect outdoor play and adventure space for kids. Mine never want to leave. The playground is great and the lake for swimming is a hit. Mine love the vintage High Dive. Not a crowded park. It’s a good pit stop park or all day hang out. It’s clean and my older kids enjoy the biking. Meant for all ages. Campsites and cabins. This whole place is a well kept secret ☺️!
Staff at the check in center was very friendly and gave clear directions. We had campsite #1 which is the furthest hike out. Not a bad hike at all. Very beautiful woods and canyon spots to walk in. We would definitely go again.
Another good COE campground. A lot of large spacious campsites and they were clean. Some right on the water. A lot of waterfowl and wildlife. Also a lot of access from shore to fish. Restrooms and showers were clean. A lot of COE campgrounds we stay at are very nice and the price is right . Especially with senior pass. The only problem I had was there was a boat going up and down the lake cutting up grass growth on water. They would do this for a few hours everyday. Very noisy! The Staff were very nice and helpful.
This is another good COE. Sites are spacious with space between sites. Lots of trees with Spanish Moss. Very pretty. Good fishing from boat or shore. Restrooms and showers were clean. The only problem I have is there is a paper mill close and makes noise. Not real bad but loud enough to notice and produces unusual smell when wind blowing in right direction. Also military planes fly over campground. Pretty low. This doesn’t really bother me but may bother some people( fort benining)Campground was clean overall and staff was friendly.8
The spring is beautiful and flows into a little creek… this place has the potential to be a good spot but the staff and the people who visit really need to step up and clean this place. It looks like the staff has abandoned the place. Their was food left all over the ground from the people visiting. Trash was overflowing from the cans. The bathrooms were filthy and infested with flies. The trash cans being full and the bathrooms are really the worst part. This place would be good to visit on a week day early in the morning. I don’t recommend staying on the camp ground. I wish I would have taken pictures.
The main attraction in this state park is the spring fed pool. There is a lot of nice grassy areas plus a playground but everyone was in the water. I tried it but found it too cold even though August in Alabama is very hot. Campground seemed a little cramped but acceptable. Bugs became a real issue as the sun began to set. Come armed with repellant.
Camped here in December and it was very quiet. I prefer cool weather for camping here in the South, as I'd rather huddle under a blanket by a fire than sit inside in AC when the temp reaches 90 degrees plus. Lots of pretty foliage remaining on the trees and birds were active.
Nicely maintained campsite was quiet during the week but it sounds like they get pretty busy on the weekends. Since the park is surrounded by water there were several boats and some people fishing off the land. The area I was in was raised a few feet off the water. There is also a swimming area with a huge sand beach. Be warned the sand is extremely hot midday. Even with thick rubber sandals my feet got too hot.
This is a boater campground and marina. It is nice and flat, with sand sites. Water and electric at the sites sites, plus a dump station. We ended up near the campground dumpster so it wasn’t pleasant. It is a short drive to Providence Canyon State Park. There were armadillo in the woods, and blue birds. There is a museum, but it was closed when we were there. There are many nicer State Parks in Georgia!
We did not camp here, just hiked part of the loop. There is a great picnic area at the top with a playground and a fantastic view.
As for the actual hike, make sure to bring bug spray, water, and tons of sunscreen. Also if it’s rained anytime recently, make sure you know how to get orange clay out of your clothing!