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Hike the Marble Mine Trail

Summerville, Georgia

4.3/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

1.7 miles

Elevation Gain

200 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Kandis Owens

The umbrella of trees and old abandoned mine are just a couple of the draws to this beautiful Fall hike.

This 1.7 mile loop is almost entirely on a wide pebbled road making this hike perfect for getting families and friends outdoors. 

Though there is some elevation gain, the Marble Mine Loop is quite an easy walk. Go during the Fall and the trees are boasting all the reds, oranges, and yellows of the season.  About halfway through (circa .85 mi), the trail meets an old abandoned mine site with access to an aboveground cave! There is a wooden boardwalk to gain a better view inside the caves.   The mine site is complete with a quiet overhead stream trickling down into the Reflection pool. 

After exploring the caves, the trail loops back in the opposite direction and leads straight to the parking lot.  There is an optional trailhead for the Pinhoti Trail just outside of the caves.  The Pinhoti Trail will stretch the hike out to about 3 miles and gains a significant amount of elevation.  

James H. Floyd State Park also has several campsites, cottages, fishing areas, and picnic areas.  After the hike, chill out on the lake dock and listen to the birds sing.

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Features

Camping
Fishing
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic

Reviews

There are a few short trails that run together. We did Marble Mine, Jenkins Gap & Upper Lake Trails and we chose to canoe around Lower Lake Trail too. 10$/ hr. to rent a canoe. They have kayaks, paddle boats and paddle boards as well. Parking 5$, visitor center w/ restrooms. The GPS did not want to find this place but eventually after taking us in circles it found it. We saw turtles, blue heron, plenty of fish jumping, ducks, squirrels and the most beautiful lake reflections of ground covered moss and a cool red leaved tree. Only passed one family the entire time which was so nice! it’s like a 3.5 star to me but obviously that’s not an option. There are some hills but I still say easy for me.

Took my 3 year old. Got a little steep for him at the end, but he did it and seeing the cave for him was so worth it. We had a blast! Just wish I brought the streamlight so I could see farther into the mine. When I tracked it, out and back was 2.1 miles with 375 ft elevation. It took the kiddo and I about an hour and a half, but we did a lot of stopping and got sidetracked by random leaves and rocks...(did i mention he’s 3?) Over all it was beautiful. Would definitely recommend, especially to families with younger kids.

The staff at this park do an excellent job of keeping things in good shape. One of the best parks in North Georgia. Lots of good geocaching too. :) @thedaddybadger.

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