Providence Canyon – Georgia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’ (a photoblog)

We took a four day trip to southwest Georgia touring the sites in Columbus, Albany and the surrounding areas.  Enjoy these pictures of our first stop Providence Canyon … but stick around til the end to learn a bit about how these beautiful formations came about …


The above picture and the one below are both taken from the canyon rim …


And here are a couple of shots from the canyon floor …



Here is an explanation of how the canyon was shaped from the Georgia State Parks website …

“Providence Canyon State Park was established in 1971 to preserve the unique scenic beauty of “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon.” Due to poor farming practices by early settlers, the soft soil began washing away in the early 1800s when trees were cleared to plant crops. By 1850, ditches three- to five-feet-deep had been cut into the land. Today some of them are as deep as 150 feet. The water gradually cut through the erosion-resistant upper layer of the Clayton Formation exposing the colorful sandy soil known as the Providence Sands and the lower, dark gray layer is known as the Perote Member. Beneath the Providence Formation is the Ripley Formation, the ancient sea floor, a very erosion resistant clay-like soil that slows the erosion process to a hardly measurable rate, while the sides to the canyon continue to wash downstream.” 

One final photo … the canyon floor and trail has a constant flow of water … so we enjoyed having to walk and splash through the water and mud.  (Of course my wife wan’t too happy with the muddy hiking boots we returned to the car with … but we had planned for it with lots of plastic bags).


My grandson and I hiked to the canyon floor and into canyons 1, 2, 4 and 5 … this was the first leg in our quest to earn our Georgia State Park Canyon Climbers Club t-shirt.  Yet to come, a return hike to the suspension bridge in Tallulah Gorge, a hike to the canyon floor of Cloudland Canyon near Chattanooga, TN on Lookout Mountain, and finally a climb up the stairs beside Amicolola Falls … at 729 feet the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast.

Til next time …



About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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6 Responses to Providence Canyon – Georgia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’ (a photoblog)

  1. abundantlife says:


  2. jimdavenport says:

    Bernie, glad to see the pictures. I know that your grandson really enjoyed this adventure … especially the mud part! It is amazing how quickly erosion can do its work. Our mountain house on Lookout Mountain is not that far from Cloudland Canyon … and we are also relatively close to the Little River Canyon which is on Lookout Mountain above Fort Payne, Alabama. Both of these canyons have a unique beauty. Look forward to seeing more pictures of your 4 day adventure. Jim

    • bwebbjr says:

      Thanks Jim … hope to share a few more pics shortly … and truly looking forward to getting back to the canyons like Cloudland and Little River … it’s probably been 25 years or more since I visited and hike in either one.

      Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what God’s creation looked like before the fall …


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