Where has the time gone? It’s been 3 months since my last post – for shame! We spent most of November and December in Georgia to be close to our families for the holidays, and I guess since we weren’t “traveling” as much, I didn’t feel like I had as much to write about it. But we had a wonderful time, and I got some much-needed family time in. I miss everyone so much already.
We did take one quick trip down to Florida for a few weeks to visit friends and clean out a storage unit we still had down there, and on the way back to Georgia we decided to break the trip up a bit and stop for a night along the way. I picked a state park along our route somewhat at random, which turned out to be Florence Marina State Park. We continue to be impressed with the Georgia state park system, and this park was another nice find. While reading the brochures I read about another nearby park that had some hiking trails, so we took the dogs there the next day. Well, what a surprise this park turned out to be!
The park is Providence Canyon State Park, and it’s nicknamed Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.” Even though it’s considered one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders, the canyons are actually due to poor farming practices from the 19th century, which caused erosion. The result is quite beautiful!
I was struck by how much the colors reminded me of Bryce Canyon in Utah, which is one of our favorite national parks.
The hike around the canyons is a pretty easy 2.5 mile loop. At the canyon floor there are a few additional spurs that you can take in the canyons, but it was very muddy the day we visited so we didn’t do it. But we still very much enjoyed the loop hike!
So if you find yourself looking for a place to stay in southwest Georgia, I’d definitely recommend checking these two parks out!