June 28, 2021
Greetings WOO Family,
One of Georgia’s smallest state parks is the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park, located in Summerville, in the northwest portion of the state. The park is a peaceful getaway and allows for an easy escape from some of the area’s major cities and towns. Known for its rich green countryside is bordered by the Chattahoochee National Forest making it an ideal location for a little r & r. The park is 561 acres and has two different lakes providing stunning views in every direction.
The James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park campground is a gorgeous waterfront facility that operates year-round. Campers have their choice of premium sites with views of the water or standard-style sites. Both campsites offer the same amenities like comfort stations with flushing toilets, hot showers as well as a sanitary dump station. The park also offers RV camping to rigs up to 50 feet in length on their packed gravel spaces. Each space has electrical service, a water hookup, picnic table, fire pit, and grill.
Five different trails are ranging from easy to strenuous. All of the trails are foot travel only and take you on various paths throughout the park. One of the park’s most scenic features is the Marble Mine. The Marble Mine trail is a moderate hiking trail and is one mile in length. During the spring and winter rainfall generates a small 35-foot waterfall over the marble outcropping. For an easier hike try the Upper Lake Loop Tail which is 1 mile and rated as easy. The trail takes you over the open water, across the boardwalk, and between the twin lakes offering a great birdwatching opportunity. On this trail, you will also get to experience the native woodland wildflowers.
The two lakes, Upper Lake and Lower Lake together have a surface area of 51 acres, making the water desired source of activity at the park. Please note James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park does not offer boat rentals. Each lake does have a boat launch and the water is great for kayaking or exploring by canoe. Georgia is also known for excellent fishing, especially bass, the lakes are stocked with catfish, bass, and bream and you are welcome to fish year-round. Just don’t forget your fishing license which all people 16 or older need to fish.
James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park caters to guests inviting them to spend time outdoors enjoying the scenic views. There are day-use areas located throughout the park with eating areas and restrooms. The park is also a great place for any level of birdwatcher. No matter the time of year, the birdwatching is spectacular. Spend your days next to the water searching for bluebirds and egrets. The park also participates in Geocaching and is part of the Park GeoTour. There are over 40 hidden caches in and around historic sites and state parklands.
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