Hiking To This Aboveground Cave In Georgia Will Give You A Surreal Experience
Raise your hand if you’ve been on the Marble Mine Trail in James H. Floyd State Park. I can’t imagine there would be too many, considering it is still a hidden gem within this great state. However, we’re here to tell you it’s time to plan a trip to Summerville, Georgia because this is one aboveground cave that you must see.
James H. Floyd State Park, also dubbed Sloppy Floyd Park, is a beautiful preserved space, surrounded by Georgia countryside in the enchanting town of Summerville. The park boasts three miles of lake loop trails, an abundance of fishing opportunities, plus a ton of bluebirds to brighten up any morning.
The park itself was named after Georgia House of Representative James H. “Sloppy” Floyd, who served his state diligently from 1953 until 1974. However, that isn’t the only bit of history to make its way into 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. And guess what, you can absolutely hike to it.
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.
So, I bet you’re wondering how this beauty was made? Miners created the cavern after cutting through a huge, exposed rock outcrop, thus creating a dramatically inward-arching cave. With deep depressions in each side of the mine, plus a wooden boardwalk looping inside, you’ll be able to get a partial view of the cave. A stream trickles overhead, which tumbles down slowly, about 35 feet, into a light blue pool beneath the entrance. Just to sit inside the cave and listen to the trickling water is enough to ease all your worries and rest your mind.
Take a look at the quick YoubTube video below from All the Biscuits in Georgia, and see why this short hike is well-worth the trip
Have you ever been on the Marble Mine Trail? Was it everything you expected?