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From Little Ditch to Large Canyon?

Less than 150 years ago, the dramatic, 150-foot-deep canyon located in Lumpkin, Georgia, known to many as Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon" and formally known as Providence Canyon State Conservation Park, was amazingly only a groove that was three to five feet deep. Is a change of this magnitude possible? Was this rare canyon a true marvel in the making?


Those who grew up in Lumpkin in the 1940s can barely remember having to step over ditches that were only three feet deep, as they walked to the town of Lumpkin and other areas of Stewart County. These rare canyons in western Georgia are surprisingly only 150 years old, and are now referred to as Georgia's "Little grand Canyon." Today, Providence Canyon is a 1,110-acre park consisting of 16 beautiful canyons, some of which are a mile long and 300 feet across. What caused such a dramatic change from grooves to rolling hills to rugged canyons? How was this possible, and what events helped carve these magnificent canyons? Come along with us and experience the mysterious beauty, discover the wonders and find out what rare flower can be found in the depths of Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon."

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Georgias "Little Grand Canyon"
Photo Courtesy of Harris Hatcher. Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon"
Georgias "Little Grand Canyon"
Photo Courtesy of Joy Joyner, Park Manager - Providence Canyon State ConservationPark

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