Last time I told you guys we stopped for a night in Americus, GA, but I didn't tell you why. The reason we choose tiny little Americus is because of its proximity to our next destination.
Now, I don't know about you guys, but when I think about Georgia I think of coastlines, hot summer sunshine, and of course, peaches. Whether the colonial feel of Savannah or the urban sprawl of Atlanta comes to mind, Georgia has a lot of character.
But it also has something else. Something that I guarantee you would never imagine to exist within the state boundaries. Something so grand it has actually come to be known as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon. Yes, you read that right. A canyon. And it is in fact quite grand.
Formally known as Providence Canyon, this 1,000 acre state park features several campsites, picnic shelters, a museum, and a seasonal visitor center. The canyon is a true example of the impact humans have on the environment, as this great landscape came to be during the 1800s, after years of poor farming techniques that eroded the soil and created gullies up to 150 deep. The exposed soil leaves patterns of pink, orange, and purple stripes running through crevices.
Hikers can trek down to the canyon floor, which is often covered in a thin layer of water, indicating the water table below. This is also a trail along the canyon rim that offers amazing scenic views of the top of the canyon; it is rated easy to moderate. When visiting, you have to be very cautious not to climb the canyon walls, as they are actually composed of sand and soil, and will erode when disturbed. Visitors can also take note of the rare Plumleaf Azalea, an Azalea species that only grows in the region, and blooms in later summer after most Azaleas have lost their coloring. Mixed forest vegetation offers other chances to see plant and wildlife species in this quiet and alluring park.
I travel and then I write about it. I hope you enjoy my experiences, and can learn from my trial and errors!