Providence Canyon Perimeter Loop Trail

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Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon Perimeter Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Omaha, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 252 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Providence Canyon area is known as "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon" due to its unique geological features. The soils are very soft and erosive due to the elevation and geologic location of the Park. The area was once an ancient seabed that was drastically effected by farming practices during the 1800's. Once trees and vegetation were removed, the soil and land eroded at an alarming rate. Ditches 3 to 5 feet deep were cut by the 1850's and eventually the erosion led to 16 canyons. Some are as deep as 150 feet and expose the colors of iron ore, manganese, kaolin, mica, and sandy clays. There are two main canyon trails in the park. The white blazed Canyon Trail is a three mile loop that runs around canyons 1-9. It is primarily used by day hikers. The red blazed Backcountry Trail is a wider seven mile loop that circles the park and is mainly used by overnight backpackers. The Backcountry Trail requires a permit which allows access to six campsites that are situate

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muddy
5 days ago

honestly if you've seen the real Grand Canyon, Bryce or Zion Canyon this is a big disappointment. limited view points. while we got there early it was fairly crowded which wouldn't be a huge problem but there is not the room for any peaceful enjoyment without a crowd. the hike is not hard. it does go into the canyon. you should do the side hikes to the box canyons for the full effect but the canyon has streams and the mud is unavoidable. not deep mud but don't wear your "good sneakers".

hiking
10 days ago

This was a great trail to experience. It was not much as for distance but it made up for it with the wonderful sites. I have never been to the Grand Canyons but if it is a larger version of this then it has to be amazing. This hike was absolutely stunning.

hiking
11 days ago

Excellent dog friendly hike. I did the 3mile hike a few months ago and this weekend the 7miles trail. Both are nice and you can see the canyons. The shorter one is harder because is uphill most of the time but the longer one has more muddy areas and is longer. The canyons are a beautiful place to take pictures. If you start the hike early in the morning you wont have to deal with the heat because you would have finish by the time it gets hot. We started at 7am and finished at noon. Bring plenty of water if you go with dogs. Waterproof Hiking boots recommended but you can use regular walking or running shoes too

Nice trail I highly recommend it.

Extremely wet, muddy, and at times the need to walk through flowing water. Plenty of rain this week. 6 mile loop, very few people. Stays cool on a hot day. Great views of the canyon. Easy and enjoyable trek.

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muddy
29 days ago

I did a revised loop, going within the canyon then going through the woods to the rim - that part goes along the road. It was the best of both views, in and above the canyon. Wish it was closer to me so I could do this trail more often!

hiking
1 month ago

Very kid friendly trail with very unique atmosphere.

hiking
1 month ago

Exceptional hike, on an exceptional day. Bring a change of socks or water proof shoes as there is often wet conditions.

Beautiful canyons. Nice easy hike

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muddy
scramble
1 month ago

Easy to get down into canyons but not part of the perimeter loop

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fee
muddy
2 months ago

These trails at Providence Canyon State Park can get very busy all times of the year. The views front the top of the canyon are great. We found the trails to be very easy for us and would recommend it to any family member. Go check it out!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was extremely busy today. Everyone had the same idea of trying to do some social distancing. Anyway going counterclockwise from the trailhead, the first half was good. After that you hug the road. The trade off is that last part offers the best views of the canyons.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a strange thing to see in the south east. Pretty easy walk for most anyone. My 5 year old never struggled. Lots of nice views.

walking
fee
muddy
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail!!! although the last part of the trail leads you through the parking lot basically. It was very easy. an easy short walk.

Really cool. Highly recommend. Generally easy hike all told. Pretty scenery as there no leaves to speak of, but the trees were popping with blooms. There was an annual cross country race this morning as well. Next year for sure.

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muddy
3 months ago

I loved this trail. It was perfect for my Australian Shepard. Certain areas of this trail aren’t just muddy, you are walking through water, so keep that in mind! My shoes and dog were both soaked and very orange. But an awesome trip.

hiking
4 months ago

I absolutely loved this trip, seeing the canyons was so much fun. The Perimiter Loop shows you the tops and is a really nice trail, my dogs and I had no problems on the trail. The real views are on the canyon floor though, absolutely beautiful.

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muddy
5 months ago

Great trail! All age friendly, dog friendly, elevation not bad. Fairly easy trail, even for beginners. Pictures don’t do it justice! Must see. Did the perimeter loop and a couple inner trails. Definitely bring your camera but don’t forget to stop and take it in.

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washed out
5 months ago

6 months ago

very easy, and beautiful trail.

Doesn’t actually loop around. 1.4 miles in it takes you to the street to walk to the lot.

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muddy
6 months ago

Aesthetically pretty views galore! There are multiple viewing decks around the perimeter that actually offer unique and clear views of the canyons. Ironically the best views are visible from the decks near the parking lot areas meaning you can come for a quick photo op, and skip the hike if you want. The hike itself is fairly easy, though it does get muddy in several areas (expect your shoes soles to look orange afterwards). There are multiple benches for rest along the trek if needed, and the signposts along the hikes are clear and concise. Would be difficult to get lost frankly, and I didn’t find the downloaded maps too useful since the paths are quite evident. Decent amount of visitors as well, so not exactly a secret type of place.

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muddy
over grown
6 months ago

Easy trail... good fun

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