Wander in Wonder
through the "Little Grand Canyon" of Georgia
May 6, 2023
Providence Canyon State Park
IMPORTANT: Hike start time has changed from 8 am to 7 am. Please make note of this new start time.
Uncover the layers of Georgia's Little Grand Canyon as you navigate the unusual geological formations created by erosion of the Coastal Plain after years of poor agricultural practices...
Come see the canyon soil's pink, orange, red and purple hues which make a beautiful natural painting at this hidden park - 43 different colors have been identified!
Providence Canyon features chasms, plateaus, cliffs, and pinnacles making it a photographer and geologists' dream and a wonder to behold for anyone!
We will have two hiking options for the day: a 2.5 mile loop hike through nine of the canyons, and a 7 mile into the canyon and along an old logging road.
Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of autumn in Providence Canyon State Park, just two hours from Atlanta.
Registration Is FreeInstead of charging a fee, we ask your help raising funds for mental health research and trail maintenance. It's fast and easy! When you register, you will be able to personalize a sponsorship page and share it through email and your favorite social media such as Facebook or Instagram. How does it work? Every little bit helps, and there is no minimum to raise – we just ask that you help us spread the word, then come join us on the trail.
Get a Free Hiking ShirtOur quick-dry shirts look and feel great, on or off the trail. Every registered hiker who raises at least $250 will receive a HIKE for Mental Health shirt as a token of our appreciation. Available in men's or women's sizes SMALL – XXL. When you register, we will ask your size preference. Once you reach $250 in donations to your fundraising page, we will get your shirt to you. If you hit the $250 ten days before the hike, your hike leader will have your shirt for you on hike day. Otherwise, we will mail it to you after the hike. So help us raise money and awareness for this great cause.
For a Good CauseHIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible, and 100% of the hike donations support our mission. Eighty cents of every dollar funds mental health programs, including break-through scientific research into PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, depression and other major mental illnesses. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering that affects 1 in 4 American families. The remaining twenty cents maintains wilderness trails across the U.S. By supporting non-profit, volunteer groups that care for our trails, we help preserve wilderness experiences for generations to come. Where the money goes.
|Location:||Providence Canyon State Park, Lumpkin, GA|
|Time:||Approximately 8 am - 3 pm. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.|
|Distance:||2.5 miles or 7 miles, depending on which route you choose.|
|Difficulty level:||The shorter route is moderate, which means some sections will be more demanding. The longer route is rated difficult due to the length and the terrain.|
|Suitable for beginners?||Yes, the shorter route is suitable if you are in good physical condition and can climb 5 flights of stairs without stopping and still be smiling!|
|Registration fee||Registration is free, but the Park will charge a $5 fee per car to enter.|
|Pet friendly?||Well-behaved dogs are welcome on a 6 ft lead.|
|Sponsorship amount:||The hike goal is $1,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raises $250 we will get very close to our goal.|
|Free shirt:||Hikers who raise $250 or more will receive a free HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry hiking shirt.|
Katherine Torbush is a hiking enthusiast who enjoys spending time outdoors and "unplugging" to enjoy the beauty of Nature around us. She participated in HIKE for Mental Health's Summit Mt. Washington in 2019 and had a great time and met some wonderful people. Since then she has participated in Hike the Giant in CT and Carlsbad Caverns discovery, which have been great.
"I think bringing HIKE for Mental Health to GA would be wonderful and hopefully encourage more people to join! I chose this location for the hike because is is an enjoyable hike that is not a "traditional" GA hike. Many of the hikes in GA are through the forest or have spectacular views of mountains, so this one is unique for GA, and I would love to share that with others."
- get away from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day life and enjoy the beauty of Nature
- renew old friendships and make new ones
- have a great time hiking with a good group of people
- stand up against the stigma of mental illness
- discover your new favorite get-away
- raise money for a great cause