Visitors are often amazed when they visit Georgias Little Grand Canyon. The massive gullies, as deep as 150 feet, were caused by poor farming practices during the 1800s. Hikers who explore the deepest canyons will usually find a thin layer of water along the trail, indication of the water table below. Colorful wildflowers, as well as the pink, orange, red and purple hues of the soft canyon soil, make a beautiful natural painting at this unique park. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color. While the park's visitor center is no longer open, hikers can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail, and backpackers can stay overnight along the backcountry trail. Camping and cottages are available nearby at Florence Marina State Park on beautiful Lake Walter F. George. Visitors are urged to use caution on trails and to not go beyond fences or overlooks. Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse.
This is a really nice trail. It has some beautiful views looking down in the canyons. We started at the interpretive center and took the white blaze trail counter clockwise, seeing the canyons from 9 to 1. The first views of the canyons left a little too be desired but that changed as we got closer to end (or middle) of the loop! The views were pretty amazing. These canyons are beautiful and unusual to this side of the US.
We also walked in the canyons and I strongly suggest this! Just stay on the path. There are areas you can walk kind of around the canyon and off the path (but it looks like another path... don't do that it is easy to get lost)!
My suggestion is to start at the interpretive center, go down the hill. Where you see a sign to go to canyon 1-5 to the left follow that first. It is out and back and short but really neat to see. Then follow the white blaze trail on your way back for the views from above.
The trail can be wet and a few times you cross very shallow water. Hiking shoes that can tolerate the water better than tennis shoes are recommended because of this! Otherwise it isnt too long or very difficult, a few hills but not bad at all and well with it for the beautiful views!