Camping at FDR State Park

Hello Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I’ve been catching up with laundry and sewing since we got home from our camping trip on Thursday. I’m finally finished with laundry and I was able to start quilting my 2017 Moda Blockheads quilt.

When we planned our October camping trip, we decided we needed to go south a little bit. Last year at this same time, we went to Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee and it was cold. Of course, we still had the pop-up then.


Now, we have our Rpod 179. It was beautiful when we got to FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA on Monday. This was our third camping trip to FDR and it’s a great park to visit with lots of camping spots and hiking. It’s also close to Callaway Gardens and Warm Springs where the Little White House is. We visited those places on our previous trips.


I remembered to take along a few little post decorations this time. We were able to get a site close to the lake. In the pop-up, we always had to be close to a bathroom so sometimes the best view sites were out for us.


Part of our section of the campground was on this little cove of the lake. This is the view from our picnic table.


After getting set up, we took our chairs and adult beverage to the lake and enjoyed sitting there the rest of the afternoon.

Providence Canyon State Park

The next morning, we made a hardy breakfast and packed our lunch for a trip to Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, GA. It was about an 1 1/2 hour drive from FDR and is southwest of Columbus, GA. It’s called the Little Grand Canyon of GA and someplace I’ve always wanted to go. The only camping in the park is backcountry camping, one reason we hadn’t made a trip before.

Once you hike down to the canyon floor, there are 9 finger canyons that go off the main trail.


Most of the time, we were walking up narrow paths to get to the canyons. The main entrance to the canyons were marked, but sometimes, once you were on the trail, it was hard to tell which path led to the canyon.


Canyon 4

The canyons usually opened up into a space like this! Very hard to believe that this is someplace in Georgia.

If I was just looking at this picture, I might think it was from our trip to Sedona last year. The soil is very different though. Our Georgia red clay on the top layers, but then gets very soft and sandy clay underneath. The area lies on marine sediment and the Visitor’s Center has marine fossils that were found in the park. The creation of the canyon was caused by poor farming practices starting in the mid 1800’s. I also read one account that mentioned erosion had started along a creek when the Creek Indians were forced to deed the land to the early settlers in the 1830’s.

Parts of the floor are below sea level and we were always walking through these wet, clay trails until we got into the open areas. Water is constantly flowing and I read that even though the canyon is not getting deeper than it’s 150 feet, it is still getting wider.

Coming out of Canyon 3, which was the first one we went into, I saw this little guy. I thought it was moss at first, then took a closer look. I hope no one stepped on him later in the day. He looked like he was attached to the rock.


This tree/bush was also blooming. I think it’s a native azalea. I tried to look it up and did find that the park is home to the rare Plumleaf Azalea. The Plumleaf has crimson  flowers and is a late bloomer, July and August, but since these are not crimson flowers, it must not be that.

One more photo from the floor of the canyon. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day. I think the colors in the canyon would have been even more spectacular if it had been sunny.

Once we left the canyon floor, we hiked the rim trail and along the way came across a bunch of old cars that had been left behind from the old homestead. They looked like they were all from the 40’s and 50’s. They weren’t removed because it would have caused more damage to remove them than to leave them.

You can see the different canyons in this picture. Really amazing.

Another rim view overlooking canyon 4. Canyon 4 and 5 were the most open and the most visited.

That’s the trail leading to canyons 4 and 5. It looks like a muddy creek from the top.


For the most part, you could pass by the canyon in your car and never know what was below you. It was a fascinating place.


Just one more canyon picture. When we passed this on the canyon floor, Canyon 1 I think, I saw it and said, hey, that’s the Madonna! Looking at it from the rim, it looks more like and angel. What do you think?

Back to FDR State Park

We were tired by the time we got back to FDR. We had hiked over 4.5 miles and there was some up and down, too. We had an early fire and an easy dinner of Chili that I had made at home.


We had nice hot fires each night. Sometimes the wood that you buy in the park is green and smoky, but not this time.

The next morning we woke up to a clear, cold morning (temps in the low 40’s). We tried out the furnace in the Rpod for the first time and it made everything nice and toasty inside, but we’re not inside people. So we bundled up and cooked and ate our breakfast outside.


The lake was pretty on that cool morning…


…so I had to take a few pictures. After breakfast we took a walk around the lake and then hung out at the campsite until the afternoon, when we took another walk around the lake.


The day was cool, but gorgeous, just what a late October day should be. We are looking back at our little cove here. We continued around the lake, then hiked along the Delano trail which went around the campground.


We ended the day with a beautiful sunset on the lake while eating dinner and another awesome fire.

We were going to spend another day and come home on Friday, but it was supposed to start raining on Thursday afternoon and continue into Friday. We decided that we would pack up and go home on Thursday morning. No use getting everything wet and we really didn’t have any more plans for the day.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures of Providence Canyon State Park and learning a little about it’s history. Thanks for stopping by.


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1 Response to Camping at FDR State Park

  1. Lydia S says:

    What spectacular views! Hard to believe those canyons are in Georgia-thank you for sharing.


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