Stewart County Best Kept Secret

Providence canyon is known as the little grand canyon, and people in Stewart County say it's Georgia's best kept secret.  The canyon is believed to be between 150 and 160 years old.

It opened as a state park in July of 1971.  It's one of seven wonders of the State of Georgia and it's home is Stewart County.

It was formed after poor farming practices by early settlers, the soft soil began washing away in the 1800s and over the years.  By 1850, the ditches where about three to five feet deep, but today some are deep as 150 feet.  "The soils here are very sandy because ocean waters covered this area 60 million years ago.  So after farmers plowed the soils they washed out and formed in about 20 to 30 years," said Park Manager Joy Joyner.

The park covers about 1,108 acres with 16 canyons and the most scenic views can be seen from about any angle.  "There are 43 different colors of sand on walls.  You can hike in the canyon in a 3 miles trail that circle 9 different canyons and you can go in canyons," said Joyner.

Every year this park attracts about 70,0000 tourist and they come to do everything from camping, picnicking, and hiking.  "We are one of the most photographic state parks in Georgia and one of the 7 Wonders of Georgia," said Joyner.

Park officials say the best time to visit the park is December to February.  The park is open seven days a week