Come and embark on a light hike at Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon ‘Providence State Park’. It will be a relatively easy 3 mile hike, even if you have to go 150 feet down and up again. The stretch that we will be setting foot on, encompasses a vast amount beautiful scenery. Start the Spring off right with this rejuvenating stroll through the park, known as one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia. The exposed sandy canyon bluffs are extremely beautiful with many bands of different coloured rock – bright red clay, white kaolin, as well as sands coloured ochre, pink, orange, beige, purple, lavender, grey, yellow, tan and black.
For those interested in some local history, we will start our day in Plains, the hometown of Jimmy Carter (about 30 minutes drive from the Canyon). Our program will include Plains High School followed by the Boyhood Farm. And you may want to do a goofy photo-stop at the famous grinning thirteen feet tall peanut statue that could be the world’s second largest peanut.
- The Plains High School [300 North Bond Street]
- The Historic District of Plains
- The Plains Train Depot [100 West Main Street] – contains a self-guided museum with exhibits focusing on the 1976 Presidential Campaign.
- The Carter Boyhood Farm [402 Old Plains Highway] – where Jimmy Carter lived from the age of four until he departed for college. The farm is restored to its appearance before electricity was installed in 1938. you can listen to audio messages narrated by Jimmy Carter sharing stories about his childhood.
- The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail
- Plain Peanuts Store [128 Main Street] – selling peanut butter ice cream…
You can either do both or pick one of the activities [see details in Logistics below]… Yes, there is a lot of driving involved. Yes, it will be a long day. But so worth it: natural beauty and history with a bunch of Belgian fans … Something that you wouldn’t have done on your own … So don’t moan and join us!
No excuse … the date has been carefully selected after your tax return! The perfect way to relax with your friends and family!
- When & Where – Saturday April 16th, 2016
- Entrance fees: Providence Canyon – $5 cash per car or your Georgia State Park Annual ParkPass | Free entrance at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
- Picnic – shelter is not guaranteed, so you may feel better by bringing your folding chairs /and or blanket and whatever you will need for an enjoyable lunch with a magnificent view! Playground and restrooms close by.
- Clothing – Despite the obvious appropriate dress code that includes hat and sunglasses, comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Note that the bottom of the canyon, we will crossing, always has water ..
- RSVP please … Indicate in the comment section [of the RSVP] your phone number [= must for last minute change if any] + where to expect you: Plains or Hike!
- All events are organized in good faith and with a very big heart.
- Parents are the sole responsibles for their family members, relatives and friends and cannot rely on any beATL’s members to watch over their loved ones during any of beATL events.
- Providence Canyon: Visitors are urged to use caution on trails and to not go beyond fences or overlooks. Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse. Do not allow your children to walk outside the marked trails. Stay behind fences and off the fragile canyon edges at all time!
- PARTICIPANTS TAKE PART AT THEIR OWN RISK and must act responsibly at all times. Each participant understands that during the course of the activities certain events may occur. Neither beATL or its representatives are liable for any loss or any kind of damages, including, but not limited to, accident, illness, injury, death, any actions of other people, property loss, theft, force of nature, to participants during the activity or on their way to or back from an event. Participants agree to assume all risks associated with the activities and will not hold responsible the organizers and hosts for any claim arising from his/her participation.
- It is important to keep yourself and others safe while visiting the park especially with high temperatures. You should increase your intake of non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, caffeine free beverages such as water and juice. Wear clothing that is light colored and loose fitting and avoid extreme temperatures if possible. Heat related illnesses can be serious and sometimes fatal. This includes: sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Please take all necessary precautions to avoid heat illnesses.
- The weather in South Georgia can be unpredictable at times. Severe thunderstorms are possible with high temperatures in the afternoons. Check the weather forecast before you visit and be prepared. Keep a watch on the skies and be ready to move indoors when lightning begins to strike.
- At anytime during your visit you may see wildlife. Please be cautious and avoid getting injured by the many types of wildlife that can be found during our visits. This includes, but is not limited to: spiders. ticks, bees, fire ants, snakes (venomous and non-venomous), deer, armadillos, foxes, opossum, and many others. Wildlife is protected under law in all national parks. It is illegal to bother, touch, or try to kill them. If you do encounter wildlife, please stay at a safe distance and do not disturb them.