Marble Mine Trail James H. "Sloppy" Floyd State Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.7 MILES
DIFFICULTY 2.3 Easy
DURATION 1 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
370
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Marble Mine Trail

Hike along this short trail to an abandoned mine with a trickling waterfall, then enjoy a picnic by the lake at James "Sloppy" Floyd State Park. With several trails of varying difficulty and other activities like fishing, canoe and boat rentals, this is a great family destination.

Park at the picnic area parking where you'll find restrooms and plenty of picnic tables. This is the largest parking area but fills up on nice weekends. Don't forget to pay for parking on the way in. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot with a large sign. All junctions are well marked with signs or colored blazes. Head down the hill, crossing a small creek, following the orange and purple blazes. The orange will split shortly to the left for the Marble Mine Trail and the purple will head toward the lake for the Upper Lake Loop. Turn left.

Hike along the wide gravel and dirt path, passing a large campsite on the right before coming to a junction with a connector trail to the Jenkins Gap Trail. Continue straight. As you head up the hill, sounds of a small creek and be heard below and just shortly before arriving at the mine, you'll hear a louder trickle of water if it's rained recently.

Just shy of a mile in, arrive at the abandoned Marble Mine. Walk along the wood boardwalk to cool off, just watch the dripping ceiling above, especially if you have a camera. A 35 foot waterfall should be trickling down from above if it's rained recently.

From the mine, you have a few options to complete your trip. Head back the way you came for the shortest hike as described here. You could also continue on a few steps to the second connector trail to the Jenkins Gap Trail or head back to the first connector trail, making a loop with the Jenkins Gap, Backcountry, and Upper Lake Loop. Again, all intersections are well marked so you can explore around without getting lost. You could also continue to follow the signs for the Pinhoti trail, and make the larger Marble Mine Loop, albeit a bit more difficult.

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length1.7 miles
difficulty2.3 Easy
duration1 hour
features Dog Friendly  Lake  Waterfall 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeOrange
elevation gain370 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestJames H. "Sloppy" Floyd State Park
ranger districtJames H. Sloppy Floyd State Park
2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Road
Summerville, GA 30747
706-857-0826
parking fee$5/Day, $50 Annual Pass
trailhead coordinates 34.438689, -85.335024 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°26.32, W 85°20.1 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°26'19'', N 34°26'19'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.438689, -85.335024 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°26.32, W 85°20.1 most GPS units use this one
N 34°26'19'', N 34°26'19'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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There are several parking areas in the park but for this trail park in the Picnic Area Parking Lot just north of the Park Office on the opposite side of Sloppy Floyd Lake Road.
Notes
Trail maps are available for free in the park office just on the other side of Sloppy Floyd Lake Road.
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hikethesouth-7 months ago
Nice Hike Made Better with Other Activities
The better hike in this park is the Marble Mine Loop with the Pinhoti and Jenkins Gap Trails but this is a great hike for families that aren't looking for much difficulty and want to engage in other activities at the park. Bring a picnic and a fishing pole.
Easy | Hiked Spring 2018
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