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Providence Canyon Backcountry Trail Loop

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Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon Backcountry Trail Loop is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Louvale, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

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Walking

Forest

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Wild flowers

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artsy hiker
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We did the canyon trails first to get pics and were rewarded with solace, as it was a Wednesday. Saw a snake in the canyon going along its way and got some nice pictures before hitting the backcountry trail. There are 2 riverbeds to traverse - which were pretty saturated for us, so waterproof shoes are suggested - and some sand hiking before the first mile marker so, be ready lol. A pure woodland with a rooty path unfolds after. Expect some sustained inclines as you finish the route! Saw another snake just before the rim and about 6 deer. The trail was clearly marked and very intuitive, but still left much to explore!

Jennifer Autrey
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Hiking

The first hill is a beat. After that is not bad.

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Raychel Gray
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Hiking

The trail was a nice hike. Not very difficult just long. Shaded practically the entire way. The 2 trails are marked well at the point of separation. Beyond the shorter trail split if you continue on this trail it was more difficult to follow the signs. I ended up at a couple of the camp sites by accident and had to back track. The canyons are a beautiful view and so worth going down into. This trail wasn’t heavy trafficked but the canyons and the visitor center was packed!

Laurie Bookhardt
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Hiking

Great trail, with lots of shade. I recommend starting red and taking the white trail to end the route. Cool old cars on the white trail. Lots of frogs and butterflies. :)

Alli Hester
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Hiking

Very pretty, shaded, one big hill about 2 miles in but other than that smooth sailing :)

Juliet Rodriguez
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HikingMuddy
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L M
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Hiking

Good trail! I would recommend water friendly shoes such as chacos, since part of the trail is walking through water. Not too difficult with only a few short steep inclines.

B K
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Hiking

if you walk in the beginning, you start in a stream.

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Samantha Gillis
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Hiking

Wonderful moderate to strenuous hike. Some parts climbing to the ridge lines was a nice incline, glutes engaged!!! Well maintained. First part is almost in a riverbed that had about 1/4” to 1/2” of water in it obviously due to all the rain we have had but we were prepared after seeing other people comment about it. Fairly quick we did the whole loop and skipped the canyons in about 3.5 hours and kept a good pace even stopping at campsite 3 for lunch. Will be back for the canyons!!!

Will Case
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Hiking

Not much canyon on most of the trail

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Gene Scherer
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Hiking

Great hike. Easy but long. Lots of truffles.

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Claire Suhling
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HikingRocky

Love Providence Canyon!

Katie M
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail goes through small creeks, easy to maneuver but still unexpected. You really don’t see anything of the canyon. Great place to train for distance hiking but if you’re at the park to really see the canyon, there’s a strong chance you’ll be too exhausted from the trail to want to go further down on another trail to see into the canyon.

John Bandy
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Hiking

Not a bad trail. Heavily walked and marked. I almost bit a rattlesnake along the way. Fortunately I believe in wildlife preservation, so I displayed dominance and stared it down until it submitted. If you hike with your dog, there’s no water sources (walking West to East/ counter clockwise on the loop) from mile 2 to mile 4.5, where the Timber Rattler tried to challenge us. I hump a dog bowl and my pups own camelback bladder anyway, but some of the pooches out on the trail would’ve been sucking from sharing their owners Nalgene bottle. The rattler is alive and well in the damp bottoms of the red blaze trail where pallets are laid down in the mud.

Davit Bun
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HikingBugsFeeMuddy

Completed the Backcountry Loop with my girlfriend and we barely saw anyone. The Canyon Loop Trail had water running on the creek bed so be sure to bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet/muddy! In addition, both trails provide plenty of shade! Furthermore, be sure to arrive early so you can park close and won’t have to walk too far towards the trail-head, located directly behind the interpretive center (currently closed).

Monica Grove
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Hiking

definitely loved this trail. walked it with my dog and she loved it too. there are many creaks and small waterfalls running throughout. there is a section where the trail is ankel high water. so make sure you are wearing waterproof hiking shoes. also there are some very steep inclines and declines. we went a little bit off the usual trail so walked longer than the actual trail length but still finished it in 4 hours. very shaded. was only disappointed about one section of the trail where there was really nothing to look at besides the trail in front of you and trees. but it soon opened back up to the canyons

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Chrystal Bavuso
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Hiking

Very lovely trail! Loved every minute of it!

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Vendela Nordberg
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Hiking

I loved this trail! My dog did it no problem and it was shady most of the time. It’s really mushy because of the wet clay, so wear good waterproof hiking boots and don’t be afraid to get dirty! Overall, a good experience.

Richard Skinner
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HikingBugsFloodedRockyScramble

Great trail you will definitely get your feet wet if you do it counter clockwise I recommend hiking it backwards for sure... the back country campsites were nice but 4 and 5 have shelters wish we had one of those two because a thunderstorm came through like you wouldn’t believe. The trail was moderate and there was some steep incline and decline bring lots of water and bug spray

Genesis Perrymond
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John Stauter
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Hiking

A lovely backcountry trail in the Providence Canyon State Park. The trail has a couple of steep climbs, but is not strenuous overall. I would rate it as "Moderate to Light" for prepared hikers. Come prepared with boots, water, & lunch! A great hike.

Amy Bosnoian
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HikingWashed out

Pretty cool hike, but wear shoes you aren’t afraid of getting muddy. In the beginning, the path washed out and it was like walking in a shallow creek. You really don’t get any views of the canyon until the end. I would recommend taking one of the other hikes if you’re there for the canyons.

Jayson Moorman
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HikingMuddy

An enjoyable trail. I agree with others and believe you should take time to extend the trail one mile to get down to the canyon floor, since you don’t get much of that on this trail. Otherwise, beautiful backcountry and I recommend it.

Tom B.
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Hiking

Campsites are kinda whack. No views anywhere at any of them. They're all way away from the canyon. The hike is good not great, most of the good stuff happens in the little 2 mile rim trail. Side notes: barely got my feet wet at all today its mostly dried out. Water tastes more like clay than water when you filter it. Also, go clockwise as a previous review said unless your campsite is 3-7. There's just not much to see at all going the other way. All in all B level. The canyon itself is great tho.

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