Monday, November 10, 2008
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin, Georgia
Providence Canyon near the small town of Lumpkin, Georgia, is one of the most remarkable historic sites in the Deep South.
Despite their magnificent appearance, the spectacular canyons are not really that old.
Until the 1820s, this area was beautiful hill country. Early settlers cleared the trees and began farming, but a combination of poor conservation techniques and the unique nature of the soil allowed plow furrows to turn into erosion gullies. The gullies became ravines and, over time, the ravines became canyons.
It is astounding that pioneer farming practices could result in something so beautiful, yet Providence Canyon today is one of the most beautiful places in Southwest Georgia. To learn more, please visit our new Providence Canyon pages at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/providencecanyon.