James H Sloppy Floyd State Park Trails

Summerville, Georgia 30747

James H Sloppy Floyd State Park Trails

James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"This state park is in the Ridge and Valley district of northwest Georgia, just to the south of the city of Summerville. The facility was named for local politician Sloppy Floyd, who served in the Georgia General Assembly from 1953 to 1974. The trail for both the waterfalls and the West Rim begins in the parking lot for the overlook and picnic area.The 0.25-mile path to the overlook is paved and wheelchair accessible.

The trailhead is well marked.The West Rim Trail has white blazes, and the Falls Trail has yellow.You are cautioned to stay on the trail and not climb on rocks or around the waterfalls.The rocks can be very slippery and dangerous. Caution is also advised for people with heart problems and those in poor physical condition using the waterfalls stairway."

James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park Trails Reviews

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4/15/2011
Great hike with lots of waterfall views. Do not attempt during the hot summer.
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2/27/2011
Went with a couple friends on the West Rim Trail. It was an easy hike - mostly flat along the ridge of the mountain. Definitely going back to explore the other trails! The views were breathtaking.
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2/27/2011
We hiked to the waterfalls and part of the gulch late in the afternoon day one and came back to do the West Rim early the next day. The first waterfall is the prettiest one I've seen in Georgia and was worth walking all of those steps for! We went to see the second falls and then hiked about 1 mile into the gulch. We enjoyed the scenery on the way back since you get to see the creek while you battle back uphill. These trails are steep - nothing but stairs! I'd skip the gulch next time. Day two we did the West Rim. It's the most unique trail I've seen in Georgia. The vistas were amazing! Get an early start - lots of crowds in the parking lot and I can see the trails filling up. I also love trails that have you walking the edge. Moderate elevation gains, but nothing too extreme. Don't miss out on this gem - I really felt like I wasn't in Georgia.
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2/10/2010
My sister and I hiked the West Rim Trail, it was a very cold day-26 degrees. We were a bit confused as to where the trail head was in the beginning. Once we got on the trail it was beautiful. As new hikers, it was a bit challenging for us. There were lots of rocks a tree roots. We ran across a group of about 5 deer two times. The overlooks were beautiful! On the part of the trail that was not on the rim there were quite a few fallen trees over the trail. We will definitely be going back again. We were too worn out to go down to the falls after the West Rim Trail, I look forward to checking it out next time.
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11/27/2009
My 8 year oldson and I hiked on a busy day, Friday after Thanksgiving, lots of traffic and folks staying in the cottages and cabins that border the West Rim Trail. We did the Rim first and then both of the Stair "trails" to the falls, pretty scenery, not lots of spots in Georgia like this. The confusion for many day hikers we came across is that the West Rim Trail is not a loop, but more of a balloon trail with the starting point at the East Rim Parking Area. Lots of overlooks and was very interesting most of the way. We also saw 2 deer spying us from the plataeu portion of the trail.
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3/7/2009
We went on the first warm weekend day of the spring and it was very crowded. The waterfalls were great but I would like more actual trails instead of stairs. This is a great day hike and they had nice camping areas.
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4/20/2008
Great trails, especially to waterfalls. But would prefer less stairs and more rough trails for the descent to the waterfalls. Great views of the canyon.
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2/15/2008
This is a very good day hike. I was very surprised that the canyon was as large as it was. At first it was confusing as to which markers you follow but once we knew it was the yellow ones it was not hard to follow. We did the hike in February and the views were great with no leaves on the trees, but it would be just as good in the Summer. We only saw one other person on the trail even though it runs close to some cabins.
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3/31/2007
I arrived at the park around 11 o'clock in the morning and it was fairly unpopulated... about 6-7 other cars in the parking lot. I decided to check out the falls prior to hiking the West Rim Loop. The falls were beautiful. Going down was fine but you do get a little winded on the trip back up. The walk to the falls is mostly steel stairs so any fitness level could participate... just taking time to rest as needed. After the falls, I went on over and did the West Rim Trail. It was a little congested at the first of the trail with lots of boys scouts and hiking groups, but after I got up and away from the stream I was pretty much alone the entire hike (except for a few people here and there). The hike was varied enough to keep it interesting. Lots of rocky places, roots, and level wide paths dotted the trip. Great views and overlooks as well. I will certainly return to do this trail again.
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1/21/2007
A lovely place. Not unlike Savage Gulf/Collins Gulf area of the South Cumberland State Park in Tennessee. It was my first experience of seeing a Frisbee Golf Course. There were a number of enthusiastic "golfers" on a brisk January day. The backcountry trail described in the guide does not appear to be open. I walked a two-mile backcountry loop trail which provided access to eleven walk-in campsites.
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Trail Information

Summerville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
About 3.5–4 hours
Duration
Mar–June; Oct–Dec
Season
USGS Summerville
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Jul 2018