Providence Canyon State Park AKA “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon’ is not for the faint of heart. Due to my disabilities following failed back surgery, it takes me 3 to 4 times longer to do the things of someone without hinderances. So, keeping that in mind, it took a ridiculously long time to hike this trail and you’d better believe I had to sit every few minutes. It’s not something I want to do again but I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it once in my lifetime. And with my chronic pain, once was enough. Going down proved to be a problem for me because it felt like I was going to fall over and that would be disastrous for me. We did not make it the enter 10+ miles. Not. Even. Close. But we knew we’d never hear the end of it if we didn’t try. Going back up was torture.
Putting all of that aside, I highly recommend visiting this place. If it were not for my back issues, I’d go back multiple times because you just aren’t going to see views like this anywhere else around. The views were spectacular. My sidekick on this trip was my SIL Kim. She makes me laugh so hard that my sides ache. I knew that no matter how sore I’d be for the weeks following, I would have fun viewing this canyon with her, and it would be worth the pain. We laughed going down, we laughed going up, we laughed the entire way to the canyon and back. And even though I was holding on for deal life both ways, I managed to snap a few memorable photos of our trip. I wish it could have been more but I was more concerned about not getting injured than I was about photography. Kim got some amazing photos though.
There was no way I was going to ruff it in a tent after the hike but they do have 3 Pioneer Campsites and 6 Backcountry Campsites. Before back surgery, camping here would have been something I would have done in a heartbeat. They have a museum and visitor center and you’ll want to check those out. They also have a picnic area. I’m a fan of picnics when we go hiking anywhere. There’s just something homey about a good old fashioned picnic. You can find this attraction in Stewart County, Georgia.