Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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.

   Educational Group Programs

   Red Top Mountain State Park Business Plan

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

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

    • 1,776 Acres
    • 18 Cottages ($100-$190) -- #17 and #18 are dog friendly ($45 per dog, limit 2) -- All cottage fireplaces will be closed for repairs during September and October.
    • 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

    • 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)
    Visit Allatoona Pass
    • Tennis
    Weddings (park approval required)


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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Pickleball 101
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunLooking for a fun physical education activity? Come play pickleball – a combination of ping pong and tennis that is played with wooden paddles and a wiffle ball. Recommended for ages 10+ Wear tennis shoes and bring a bottle of water. Tennis courts located off Red Top Mountain Road near the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
Handicapped Accessible Art Class: Intro to Nature Drawing
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Each week Ranger Marcus will teach students how to draw two different animals, including birds, insects, and mammals. Students will get to take home the instructions each week. Pre-registration is required; click the event link below to register. Meet in the Discovery Room at the Park Office.  $3 per class $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
Handicapped Accessible Storytime
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Bring your little ones, ages 4-8, to the Discovery Room for a nature story reading with Ranger Marcus followed by a simple activity based on the book. $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
Imagi-Play Zone
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Tons of FunYour kids will love entering the “Imagi-play zone” where they can play with our large, foam Imagination Playground blocks. This is for children only – parents must stay in the Parent Zone while their children play. Free play encourages creativity and helps kids develop social skills as they work together. Lakeside Conference room at the Park Office $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
Map & Compass: Beginner
Monday, Sep 22, 2014 10:30 AM to 12 PM
During this class K-4th grade students will learn about aerial perspective and discover how maps represent their surroundings. Fun activities will reinforce the lessons. Program is indoors. Meet in the Discovery Room. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call or visit the Park Office. 770-975-0055  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Map & Compass: Intermediate
Monday, Sep 22, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
By drawing individually and then working in groups, students (5th+) will learn how to draw accurate maps. Students will also learn about orienting a map and how to determine their pace. Program takes place indoors and outdoors. Meet in the Discovery Room. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call or visit Park Office. 770-975-0055  $5 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.
Tyke Hike
Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors. Enjoy a nature story reading with Ranger Marcus and then go on a 0.75 hike on our paved (and stroller-friendly) Lakeside Trail. Meet in the Discovery Room at the Park Office. $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
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.
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.

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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