If you are from Georgia, you have a love/hate relationship with the famous red clay that is everywhere. Unfortunately, in many natural pools in our state parks, the clay is what makes them not so clear. There is one place where you can find the bluest water in Georgia and we are here to tell you where to find this secret spot.
James H. Floyd State Park in Summerville, Georgia has a trail that will lead you straight to an above ground cave with a great surprise that comes with it. To get to this, you must take the Marble Mines Trail.
This is an easy hike that is only 1.7-miles round trip and will not make you work for the beautiful destination.
Along this trail is where marble miners in the 60s and 70s worked. See why they named it Marble Mines now?
As you begin onto your adventure down this trail, you will notice how shaded this trail is. There are trees on both sides and above that canopy over you that only let bits of sunlight in.
You can just see the history as you walk along. Different mine buildings, now abandoned and in ruins, are along the path which leads you to an even greater ruin.
You will come up to the above-ground cave, that is lined with a boardwalk so you can actually walk through it. Kind of hard to believe that this cave was not man-made, it is just that neat.
Above the cave is a stream that falls into the pool, overlooked by the boardwalk.
This is some of the bluest water you will encounter in the state of Georgia, and most people do not even know it exists. You cannot swim in it, but the water trickling down into it is memorizing.
This secret blue pool is worth the entire hike, because it is one of a kind, and you know you will not find another like it in Georgia.
As you finish your hike, you can visit the large lake that is in the park and watch the sunset, or rent a paddleboat and go onto the lake.
Do not expect the lake to be as blue as the small pool of greatness you just saw, but it is a great way to continue your day at this state park.
You can find this secret spot at 2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Rd, Summerville, GA 30747 and the park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is $5 to enter for the day!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.