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Red Top Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park Office 770-975-0055
Visitor Center 770-975-4226


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This popular park on Lake Allatoona is ideal for swimming, water skiing and fishing.  Visitors can bring their own boats or rent from nearby marinas. A sand swimming beach is nestled in a cove and surrounded by trees, providing a great place to cool off during summer.  Picnic shelters and group shelters may be rented for meetings, parties, reunions and other celebrations.  Guests often stay overnight in rental cottages, a spacious campground, or the park’s lakeside yurt.  

 While best known for the 12,000-acre lake, Red Top Mountain is also a hiker’s haven.  More than 15 miles of trails wind through the forested park, providing opportunities for exercise and nature photography. A short, paved trail behind the park office is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, welcoming guests to explore a reconstructed 1860s homestead.  The gravel-topped 4-mile Iron Hill Trail is open to both hikers and bikers, offering pretty views of the lake’s shoreline.

Named for the soil’s rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, Red Top Mountain was once an important mining area. Iron pour programs are occasionally held near the Vaughan Cabin behind the park office.

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Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/RedTopMountain

If you are interested in scheduling a program, please contact the Interpretive Ranger at 770-529-2304 or contact Marcus Toft.


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 1,776 Acres
    • 18 Cottages ($100-$190) -- #17 and #18 are dog friendly ($45 per dog, limit 2)
    • 92 Tent, Trailer, RV Sites ($20-$30) -- RV pull-throughs are not waterfront
    1 Yurt ($70)
    • Pioneer Campground ($28 and up)
    • 7 Picnic Shelters ($55)
    • 2 Group Shelters (seat 150 and 200, $230-$300)
    • Swimming Beach (seasonal)
    • Mountain Cove Discovery Room – nature exhibits and ranger programs


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    • Boating and Skiing – marina, 2 ramps, 2 docks, private boats permitted, no horsepower limit
    • Fishing
    Hiking – 15 miles of wooded trails, 3/4-mile paved accessible trail
    • Biking -- 4-mile Iron Hill Trail, Muddy Spokes Club
    • Picnicking
    • Swimming
    • Ranger Programs
    • Mountain Cove Discovery Room
    • Playground
    • Miniature Golf (fee)
    Pickleball
    GeoCaching
    Visit Allatoona Pass
    • Tennis
    Weddings (park approval required)




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Visit our Gift Shop!

While visiting the park, be sure stop in at our Park Office gift shop. You'll find gifts, books, apparel, toys for children, and much more to please nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Open daily between 8AM to 5PM.


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Events
Geocaching 101
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunGeocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt. Learn the basics of this fun and addicting game and then go in search of a cache. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible Meet a Snake
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 1 PM to 1:45 PM
Don't miss this "hands on" opportunity to meet one of Georgia's native snakes. Holding a snake is an amazing experience (and a great photo op!). There will be a different snake each week. Meet in the Discovery Room at the Park Office. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Intro to Birdwatching, Nature Journaling, and Pinecone Birdfeeders
Monday, Aug 25, 2014 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy several bird-related activities at the park. From 9-10 AM we'll learn the basics of binoculars, use them to identify common birds, and then draw the birds we see. Then from 12:30-1:30 PM we'll be making pinecone birdfeeders for you to hang up at the park or take home. Meet in the Discovery Room at the Park Office.  $1 for pinecone birdfeeders. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Tree ID Walk
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaIdentification leads to appreciation. On this short hike we'll use a dichotomous key to help us identify some of the area's more common trees. Recommended for ages 8+. Registration is required. E-mail Ranger Marcus at marcus.toft@gadnr.org to sign up. Meet in the Discovery Room  $1 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Rocking Chairs & Picnic Tables -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHelp us improve the area behind the Park Office by working in the wildlife garden, assembling rocking chairs for the patio and putting together picnic tables. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible Harvest at the Homestead
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Fall is a busy time at the homestead. Enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more.  (Parking fee waived on Sept. 27 - Your State Parks Day.) $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Civil War History EventWatch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. 770-975-0055.
Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTake a "spooktacular" hayride through the old ghost town of Ravenwood and listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around a campfire. This event is family-friendly and great for all ages. $5 parking. 678-792-9554.
Handicapped Accessible Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM to 7 PM
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed.  Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Address/Directions
Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Rd SE
Acworth, GA 30102
Bartow County


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.142950, W -084.706700

Located 45 minutes north of Atlanta near Cartersville, 1.5 miles east of I-75 exit #285.
Directions to Allatoona Pass Battlefield: From Red Top Mountain, take I-75 South to Exit 283. Turn left. Allatoona Pass will be on the left.


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Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Rd SE
Acworth, GA 30102 Work on the Bethany Bridge is over. The park can be accessed via Red Top Road across the bridge.
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Red Top Mountain State Park


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