Atlanta, GA: Red & White Blaze Loop

Visit Georgia's Little Grand Canyon on this 6.7-mile loop to backcountry shelters and geologic wonders in Providence Canyon State Park.
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Visit Georgia's Little Grand Canyon on this 6.7-mile loop to backcountry shelters and geologic wonders in Providence Canyon State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.8

Waypoints

Across The Distance

Location: 32.0617942810059, -84.9120635986328

©Chris Harper

Tree-lined Canyon

Location: 32.0597229003906, -84.9135894775391

©Chris Harper

PCT001

Location: 32.0690116882324, -84.9133071899414

Descend to canyon bottom; leaves rustling may be 9-banded armadillo

PCT002

Location: 32.0671501159668, -84.9123001098633

Reach creekbed lined with alders; join Red Blaze Trail heading SW along 150-ft. canyons. Optional: Explore canyon's 9 fingers via spur trails

PCT003

Location: 32.0641593933106, -84.9181976318359

Join Turner Creek and stay NW along creekbed under loblolly pines and white and southern red oaks

PCT004

Location: 32.0660591125488, -84.9326019287109

Footbridge over eroded gully with rare plumleaf azeleas, other blooms

PCT005

Location: 32.0655708312988, -84.9297866821289

After strenuous climb, peer through dogwoods at eroded arms of Providence Canyon, a man-made formation caused by poor farming practices in 1800s

PCT006

Location: 32.0643997192383, -84.9280471801758

Site #6, first of six backcountry lean-tos (get permit @ visitor center)

PCT007

Location: 32.0585899353027, -84.9181976318359

Sharp R turn past Campsite #2 heading W

PCT008

Location: 32.0568313598633, -84.916877746582

L @ fence, following red wooden arrow NNE

PCT009

Location: 32.0577507019043, -84.9162521362305

R @ T, staying E on Red Blaze Trail

PCT010

Location: 32.0582389831543, -84.9130401611328

Trail washout. Reach stop sign and switchback W down rerouted trail hugging canyon wall

PCT011

Location: 32.0594482421875, -84.9148101806641

Cross creeklet and loop around for 150 ft. climb back to rim

PCT012

Location: 32.0599708557129, -84.9106292724609

Caramel rock and pink-hued soil in ravine below; continue ENE and take L @ Y

PCT013

Location: 32.0604209899902, -84.9092864990234

R @ Y

PCT014

Location: 32.0625610351562, -84.9074783325195

R @ T, heading NNE on White Blaze Trail back to car