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.

   School Programs at Red Top Mountain

   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)
    • 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)
    • Pickleball
    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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Friends Monthly Workday
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Join the staff and Friends of Red Top for a monthly service project. This month we'll finish replacing the porch on our historic log cabin. Please click on the link to RSVP. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Portrait Photo Hike
Saturday, May 3, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Join John Creek of John Creek Photography for a short, portrait-themed hike at the Park Office. This will be a great opportunity to learn and share photography tips and tricks. Click the event link to register and receive a coupon for $2 off the Ron Cordes "Pocket Guide to Outdoor Photography" available in the gift shop. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Friends Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Who says meetings can't be fun? Join the Friends of Red Top Mountain for yard games and to find out what they've been up to (and what they have planned). Please click the event link to RSVP. $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
Bird Walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 AM to 10 AM
Bring your binoculars and join us for a bird walk at the park. Victor Williams will lead an easy, .75 mile hike on the Lakeside trail in search of Red Top's winged residents. Great for birders of any experience level. Click the event link to register and receive $2.00 Stan Tekiela's "Birds of Georgia Field Guide" available in the gift shop. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible Iron Pour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2 PM to 9 PM
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. Yard games will be set up during the day and the Friends will be selling food and drinks.  Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible Bluegrass Concert Series
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, May 23, 2014 8 PM to 9:30 PM
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Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away. Click for full schedule. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunBring your kids to the park and enjoy pickleball, bean bag toss, Viking Chess, and ladder golf! Not sure how to play those games? Don't worry, we'll teach you! Click the link to RSVP. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Jr. Ranger Day Camp: 6-8 year olds
Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Kids aged 6-8 will join Ranger Marcus for a three-day nature adventure. See live animals, go on a scavenger hunt, make crafts, and more. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration begins Friday, April 25.  $45 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Day Camp (9-12 year olds)
Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunKids ages 9-12 will join a Park Ranger for a 3-day nature adventure. Go geocaching, hiking, boating, and more. Registration required.  $45 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Red Top Mountain: Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSupport our parks and historic sites by lending a hand as we complete service projects at each site. 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. $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 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
Cartersville , GA30121

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
Cartersville, GA 30121 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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