Your hiking dreams are just around the corner. There's actually a miniature Grand Canyon and it's only a short road trip from Florida. You can explore Providence Canyon, also known as the "Little Grand Canyon," at a state park in Georgia.
Providence Canyon State Park is just a 2.5-hour road trip from Tallahassee. If you're in North Florida or the Panhandle, this hike is well worth the drive.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites states that the colorful 150-feet canyon was created by poor farming practices 200 years ago.
During your visit, we suggest you take Canyon Loop Trail for a scenic 2-hour hike through the park. The best part is, you don't need to be an advanced hiker to make the journey. The trail is about 5 miles long and falls between easy and moderate difficulty, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The park is open year-round to visitors, and there's plenty to do besides hiking. You can also enjoy the park's many picnic shelters, the Visitor Center, and the museum.
Providence Canyon is also an excellent spot for stargazing. Stick around after your hike for an evening under the stars. You can even camp out under the night sky. You can make camping reservations at the park here.
Providence Canyon State Park
Price: $5 parking
Address: 8930 Canyon Rd., Lumpkin, GA
Why You Need To Go: You can take a short road trip to the "Little Grand Canyon" and enjoy spectacular views and a break from the city.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
This article has been updated since it was originally published on November 22, 2019.