Providence Canyon is just outside of Lumpkin, GA in Stewart County. Created by erosion due to bad farming practices in the 19th century, it’s not a natural canyon at all, but it is very impressive. The red clay creates some gorgeous striation patterns on the sand. There is a nice 2.5 mile trail that goes around the canyon, passing by an abandoned homestead complete with cars from the 1950s, and briefly going down to the canyon floor so you can see it from the bottom up.
Though it looks like rock, the dunes are actually red clay and sand, so they disintegrate a little when they are touched. There are “no climbing the canyon” signs several places on the canyon floor- apparently some people tried to go rock climbing and had to be rescued.
The trail took us about 50 minutes at a pretty easy pace, including exploring the canyon floor. There is another 7 mi backcountry trail that I would love to explore if I visit again. There were a few other people we passed during our mid-week visit, but not many at all.
After our morning hike, we went in search of food, and came across 4-Way BBQ. It is located at the only 4 way stop in Lumpkin, GA, and I must admit, I wasn’t expecting much.
I was wrong- it was delicious. It is in what looks like an old house- you park out back, walk up the stairs onto the porch, and can either eat outside and watch the world go by, or head inside. It was a gorgeous day and not too humid, so we opted to stay outside. We made our orders through the window- a rib sandwich, and a chicken breast plate. The food came out incredibly quickly, and was absolutely delicious, if pretty messy. The BBQ sauce was tangy and thick, the meat was perfectly cooked, the slaw didn’t have too much mayo, and the beans were the best I’ve ever had.
It was a perfect day trip.