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

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Dusk Hike
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Come join us on a dusk hike on the Sweet Gum Trail as we look and listen for wildlife We will begin our hike at the Visitor's Center. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 7:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 7:30 PM to 8 PM
We'll be finding out how the American Chestnut was lost to Appalachian Forests and new efforts underway to restore the Mighty American Chestnut Tree - All the while roasting chestnuts around the open fire. Bring your own marshmallows. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Dec 30, 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.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
Introduction to Orienteering and Compasses
Monday, Dec 19, 2016 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Join us at the Visitor Center for an introductory course to the sport of Orienteering on our permanent course. We'll be starting at the Visitor Center, then taking a short walk to the course. Wear closed toed shoes, bring water, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Compasses will be provided for loan or can be purchased from the Visitor Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Reptiles in Winter
Monday, Dec 19, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Ever wonder how reptiles survive the winter months? What do they eat and where do they go? Come to the Park Office and learn about the winter habits of local reptiles and see real ones with your own eyes, maybe even touch one if you're brave enough. Bring the family for this fun and informative outdoor program. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Get to Know your State Parks: Controlled Burns
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Smokey the Bear is iconic for his warnings against wildfires, but did you know that controlled fires are an important part of any ecosystem? Here's your chance to learn about the equipment used in controlled burns from trained rangers. Meet at the Park Office and see how rangers at Georgia State Parks preserve the wilderness. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Crafts are for the Birds
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
The kids are out for winter break, and you probably need a break, too. We'll be making environmentally safe bird feeders and other winter themed crafts at the Outdoor Classroom behind the Park Office. You might even get to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while you work. Bring your imagination, we'll clean up the mess. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Painting at the Outdoor Classroom
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Join us at the Outdoor Classroom behind the Park Office for some outdoor winter painting. It's your chance to let your inner child out and play with some paint or chalk provided by rangers. Bring the family out to play. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
First Day Fitness Hike on the Sweetgum Trail
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Set the tone for your entire year with a guided hike on the moderate 3 mile Sweetgum Trail. We'll be taking our time to enjoy nature while learning some easy fitness exercises that cost you nothing and require no equipment. Wear closed toed shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Pets must be leashed. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Yoga Flow into the New Year
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Flow into the new year with a beginners yoga session led by an AmeriCorps Interpretive Ranger. This New Year Yoga Flow will focus on mindfulness, balance, and strength. Bring a yoga mat, water, and wear proper attire. We will meet at Group Shelter #1.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
First Day Hike - Red Top Mountain
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Start the New Year off on the right foot by exploring Iron Hill on this ranger-lead hike through the wooded pathways of the northwest Georgia Iron Industry. Search for our hidden gems from homesteads to iron mines and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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