Erosion began carving Providence Canyon after settlers resorted to poor farming practices in the 1800s. Despite being a man-made disaster, Providence Canyon is designated one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders. Without seeing it, I balked at the idea that it be given such a distinction. However, after visiting Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, I better understand the decision to include this amazing place among our other wonders like Okefenokee Swamp, Tallulah Gorge, and Stone Mountain.
Providence Canyon may not be the typical wonder of nature shaped by a gazillion years of natural cycles. But, its presence is a testament to the power of nature and man to shape the land together. While ignorance leads to negative results, harnessing that power with knowledge and wisdom can prove beneficial for both humans and the planet. Witnessing our influence is an important step in moving toward sustainability.
Marveling at the colors, textures, and formations of the canyon walls, its difficult to dismiss Providence Canyon as a horrible mistake with purely negative consequences. Should it be here? Probably not. But, it is and with it comes the opportunity to take a look at the layers that make Georgia, the erosion process, and simply – enjoy it. Splashing through the muddy channels that continue to carve the canyon is nothing short of fascinating fun.
Learn more about Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area on the Georgia State Parks website.