Red Top Mountain State Park

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

OFFICE CLOSURE: The park's office is temporarily closed. All cottage/campsite check-ins will be at the Visitor Center on Red Top Mountain Road.
COMFORT STATION CLOSURE: Comfort station #4 is temporarily closed.

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"At Red Top Mountain State Park you can connect with the natural beauty of Lake Allatoona and explore the iron mining tradition & history of the Etowah Valley."

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.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,776 Acres
• 18 Cottages ($150–$190) — #17 & #18 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 92 Campsites ($20–$35)
• 1 Yurt ($80)
• Pioneer Campground ($45+)
• 7 Picnic Shelters ($55)
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 150 & 200, $150–$300)
• Meeting Room
• Swimming Beach — seasonal
• Mountain Cove Discovery Room
• 2 Boat Ramps
• 2 Fishing Docks

Things To Do & See:

• Boating — private boats permitted
• Water Skiing
• Fishing
• Hiking — 15 miles of trails
• Biking — 4-mile Iron Hill Trail
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Picnicking
• First Time Camper Program
• Swimming
• Ranger Programs
• Playground
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• Archery
Allatoona Pass
• Geocaching
• Tennis
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Booth Western Art Museum
Blue Ridge Mountains
Cartersville, Georgia
• Chieftans Trail
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
• Funk Heritage Center
• Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
New Echota Historic Site
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site
• Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
• Bartow History Museum
• Tellus Science Museum

School Programs at Red Top Mountain

Friends of Red Top Mountain

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Find Your Bearing with Orienteering
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join us to learn the sport of Orienteering on Red Top Mountain's permanent Orienteering Course. You'll learn the basics of reading a topographic map, how to use a compass, and begin the game. Have bug spray and hiking shoes for moderate level off-trail hiking. Compasses can be supplied for program use, or bring your own. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Creatures of the Night Face Painting
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Bring your favorite night time creature out into the light for a day. We'll be at the Park Office to help bring in the autumn season with Halloween and animal themed face paint designs. Bring a clean smiling face to this event! We will be accepting donations for this free art on behalf of Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park. $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
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Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Help fight mosquitoes year round and complete a project with the family by installing a home-made Bat House for your yard. Come for free just to learn about bats, or pre-register to build and take home a bat box. Materials are limited, so call to reserve your spot. Meet at the Park Office.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Great Pumpkin Bow Hunt
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Show us your style on this Halloween themed archery program for beginners. We'll supply all equipment necessary to have you hitting the target in no time. This program has limited space, so call the Park Office to pre-register a spot. Bring water, sunglasses or hat, and wear comfortable clothing. Ages 9 and up only. Meet at the Park Office.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Halloween Hayrides
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Take a spooky hayride through the haunted forest along Red Top's mystery-filled trails. Reservations are required and fill up quickly. Tickets go on sale September 15th on the Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park Website. Hayrides are Fridays/Saturdays the last three weeks of October.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Nov 4, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Nov 18, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. Binoculars on hand or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:15 p.m. and we will carpool to the gazing location. Heavy cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Iron Hill has a rich history, much of which is unknown to the public. In this exclusive guided hike, a ranger will take you to explore the hidden gems of Iron Hill Trail including an iron mine, homestead sites and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 2 PM to 10 PM
Starting at 6 p.m., see a demonstration of our iron furnace, harking back to the days of iron production in the Allatoona community. Our furnace operates at more then 2500 degrees! Buy a scratch block mold at 2:00 pm. to create your own cast-iron art. Limit 1 per person. Supplies limited. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Play with the pioneer toys that would have been given as presents. Santa will be available for photos and Christmas visits. Help decorate the Christmas Tree. See Christmas dinner cooked in the fireplace. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Road 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 Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102 View Details

Red Top Mountain State Park