There's a 'Little Grand Canyon' in Georgia That Nobody Knows About

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Road trip, anyone?

For a lot of travelers, this summer is going to be all about RV tours, camping adventures, and hiking through the great outdoors. But you don't have to go as far as you'd think to see some of the country's most stunning landscapes!

Introducing: Providence Canyon State Park.

This gorgeous slice of heaven is located in the southern half of Georgia, and it's one of the state's best-kept secrets. Also known as the "Little Grand Canyon," the incredible park looks like a miniature version of the real Grand Canyon in Arizona—only it's a lot more accessible for East Coasters to visit.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks
Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Providence Canyon State Park is "a testament to the power of man’s influence on the land." The 1,003-acre recreation area features massive ravines as deep as 150 feet, which were caused by nothing more than poor farming practices during the 1800s. Today, these not-so-natural wonders make for some of the prettiest photographs within the state.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks
Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks

This region is also home to the rare Plumleaf Azalea, which blooms during the summer months when most azaleas have lost their color. The combination of these factors, along with the canyon's pink, orange, red, and purple soil, makes it a must-see for nature lovers. (Bonus: the park is dog-friendly!)

Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks
Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks

While the Little Grand Canyon is known for its hiking, don't be intimidated if you're a beginner. There's an easy, more accessible path around the rim of the park—and it has some of the best views. State officials just ask that all visitors remember to stay on the trails, and never climb the canyon walls.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks
Photo credit: Courtesy of Georgia State Parks

So, what are you waiting for? Throw together your favorite trail mix recipe and hit the road!