Red Top Mountain State Park

Red Top Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park Office 770-966-8193
Visitor Center 770-975-0055

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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Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Sep 9, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:30 PM
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We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms and enjoying the beautiful park after dark. You'll be meeting at the Park Office to walk the easy/moderate 1 mile White Tail Trail after hours with special permission from a Ranger. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Iced Lemonade
Fridays 9 PM - 10:30 PM – Sep 2, 2016 
Friday, Sep 9, 2016 9 PM to 10:30 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 8:45 p.m. and we will carpool to the 'gazing location. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
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Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must pre-pay to pre-register. Meet at the Park Office 5 minutes early. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Kayak the Shores of Red Top
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
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Join us for a guided paddle along the beautiful Red Top Mountain coast. We'll be enjoying the view, looking for signs of wildlife, and learning the history of Red Top. Bring hat, water, water shoes, and a snack if desired. Must be 7 and up to attend. Must call 770-975-0055 to pre-pay/register by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before your desired kayak trip.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Atlanta Audubon Society: Discover the Birds of Red Top
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Bring your binoculars and join us for a bird walk at the park. A member of the Atlanta Audubon Society will lead an easy 1 mile hike on the paved Lakeside trail. Great for birders of any experience level. We will supply some binoculars for those without. Program is outdoors and weather permitting. Bring water and a hat. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Pokemon Go, for a Hike
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Americorps Rangers here agree, gaming is more fun with a friend. Join us at the Iron Hill parking lot for this 3 mile (4.8km) hike to hit some stops, learn the history of Red Top, identify some trees, and maybe see some wildlife. Bring appropriate walking shoes and water, dogs are welcome. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Find your Bearing with Orienteering
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 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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Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
A moderate 4 mile hike exploring the hidden gems of Homestead Trail. Old homestead sites, road beds, moonshine distilleries and more paint a picture of life years ago. Join a Ranger as we investigate the mysteries of the trail. Wear appropriate hiking clothes, bring water. Dogs welcome, but this isn't a good trail for strollers or young children. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Harvest Time at the Homestead
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM from Sep 17, 2016 until Sep 18, 2016 
Step back in time to the 1800s and experience the lives of citizens and soldiers. Living history demonstrators bring our historic log cabin to life as they demonstrate crafts and daily activities. Try your hand at woodworking, blacksmithing, candle dipping and more. Stop by the Civil War camp and visit with soldiers. See black powder weapons fired. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Outdoor Classroom Workday - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Volunteers of all ages are needed for several projects for the Outdoor Classroom. We will be improving existing features, working on new projects, and beautifying the area. Bring gloves, water, and wear clothes you can get dirty! We will meet at the Outdoor Classroom (behind the Park Office). Sponsored by Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park.  Free for Volunteers. 770-975-0055.
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.
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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