Providence Canyon is located seven miles west of Lumpkin GA. It is in the Coastal Plain region. Its nickname is Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”. This canyon was formed in the early 1800s. It was caused by the rain water running off the farmers’ fields. Farmers cut the trees to use for wood and crops. This caused erosion and deep gullies to form.
Providence Canyon has bright colors that are really bold. It is made from reddish orange clay. The soil has iron ore deposits in it. There are also pink, white, lavender, and yellow rock colors. Many plants such as the Big Leaf Magnolia, the Passion flower, and the Trumpet Creeper are found in Providence Canyon. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows in Providence Canyon. The different flowers cause the colorful soil.
The water in Providence Canyon runs though Grass Creek to the Chattahoochee River and on to the Gulf of Mexico. Turkey, rabbits, red foxes, woodpeckers, deer, and armadillos are just some of the animals that live in Providence Canyon.