Marble Mine Trail– James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park- Summerville, Georgia

April 1, 2012
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Marble Mine Trail Sloppy Floyd Park

Distance: 0.8 miles one way

Difficulty: Easy

I grew up picnicking and playing at Sloppy Floyd Lake State Park for much of my childhood, and yet somehow I had never hiked the trail to the Marble Mine, a really nice short hike inside the park.

Beginning at the Pinhoti Trail Parking area, the Marble Mine Trail begins as a small dirt trail rolling between small gradual hills and flat spaces before becoming dividing into lollipop loop with one side being a slightly wider, somewhat rocky forest service road, and the other side climbing several small hills.

Our initial path took us along the service road with views of a recently controlled burned forest on both sides of the trail. As we began approaching the mine, however, the hill got a little steeper and the trickle of a small creek in the ridge below could be heard.

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Just around the bend, the top of the marble mine can be seen, and the faint sound of a waterfall can start to be heard.

Marble Mine Trail Sloppy Floyd Park

A small creek above the cave pours down into a clear blue reflection pond. Hikers can take the short boardwalk into the small mouth of the mine.

Marble Mine Trail Sloppy Floyd Park

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The trail past to the right of the cave splits again. Taking a right will complete the loop and return hikers back down to the service road below. To the left, the Pinhoti access trail brings hikers up the ridge above the cave (far above, and does not provide any views from the top of the cave without some steep bushwhacking).

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The loop trail returning back to the forest service road is slightly longer than simply turning around and following the road back, but does provide a less rocky path that brings hikers through more of the park’s forest.

Marble Mine Trail Sloppy Floyd Park

Directions:

1. Followy Hwy. 27 North out of Rome (20.7 miles from Turner McCall Blvd.)

2. Turn left on to Sloppy Floyd Lake Road approximately 0.6 miles.

3. The Pinhoti Parking lot is on the left after passing the Sloppy Floyd Lake.

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One Response to Marble Mine Trail– James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park- Summerville, Georgia

  1. Angela Ward on February 23, 2016 at 5:11 am

    I have been to that park a thousand times and never knew this! I will be going this year!! Thanks for posting!!

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