James H. Floyd State Park is a 561 acre (2.27 km²) Georgia State Park located near Summerville at the base of Taylor Ridge (Georgia). The park is named after Democrat James H. "Sloppy" Floyd who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1953 until 1974 and was from the area. Surrounded by rural countryside and the Chattahoochee National Forest, the park offers many activities, including camping, hiking and fishing. In addition, the park contains two lakes that total 51 acres (0.21 km²) and a children’s playground. The Pinhoti Trail is accessible through the park.
The hills with which this park is surrounded were once rich with marble mining opportunities in the 1960s and 1970s. So much so, that an old marble mine still remains within the park today.
The Marble Mine Trail is an easy 1.7 mile hike through the lush green forest, where you’ll run into quite the illustrious flora, fauna, and wildlife. Native azaleas pop up every spring, not to mention you may cross paths with the turtles making their way to the lake.
But it really is the end of the trail that is superbly worth the trek to get there. Once you reach the end of the trail, around .85 miles in, you’ll be standing at the abandoned marble mine entrance, complete with a seasonal waterfall trickling down into a pool below. This aboveground cave is certainly something spectacular.
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James H 'Sloppy' Floyd State Park
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