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 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 Vaughn 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 — #15, #17 & #18 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 92 Campsites
• 1 Yurt
• Pioneer Campground
• 7 Picnic Shelters
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 150 & 200)
• Swimming Beach — seasonal
• 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

Parent's Guide to the Outdoor Classroom

Friends of Red Top Mountain

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Home School Day
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Today we’ll be taking a look at the ins and outs of natural resource management. What are natural resources? How does our society value them? You'll learn a bit of national and state park history, and what steps to Park Rangers take to protect and manage these resources. Call the Park Office to pre-register. Indoor program, meet at Group Shelter 1.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Find Your Bearing with Orienteering
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Join us to learn the sport of orienteering on our permanent Orienteering Course. You'll learn the basics of reading a topographic map, how to use a compass, and begin the game. Have coats 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 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Tour the Vaughan Cabin
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
We're opening up the historic Vaughan Cabin for you to tour and view. Bring your modern family to get a glimpse of life for a family living in the 1860s. Just follow the paved Lakeside Trail behind the Park Office to find the cabin. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Saturdays
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 12 PM to 3 PM
Three hours of exploring the woods, learning new skills, meeting critters, crafts and more. Each day will be different, and will be fun for new AND returning Jr Rangers. Last 3 Saturdays in Feb. from 12:00 - 3:00. For children ages 7-11. $10/day, must preregister by calling 770-975-0055, Mon - Fri from 9-5. Questions? Email Hannah.Warner@DNR.GA.GOV  $10. 770-975-0055.
Archery for Beginners
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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 call the Park Office 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.
Iron Hill Kayak Tour
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 12 PM to 4 PM
In anticipation of the following weekend's "Hills of Iron" event, we will explore the Iron Hill area from a unique perspective. Paddle over the water covering a once booming iron mining community, see the iron mines of Iron Hill, and enjoy the scenic views of Lake Allatoona. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Click for more details.  $25 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Soak It In
Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:15 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, Mar 24, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. Telescope and Gazing 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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Hills of Iron & Iron Pour
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10 AM to 9 PM
We will be celebrating the area's rich history with a full day of activities. We will be having guided tours and educational programs, plus our famous Iron Pour. Scratch blocks on sale at 2:00. First come, first serve. Limit one per person. Pour starts at 6:00. Click for more info! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Kayak the Shores of Red Top
Friday, May 5, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, May 12, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, May 19, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
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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, drinking water, and water shoes. Must be 7 and up to attend. You must pre-register for this event.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Makers' Festival of Red Top Mountain
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Enjoy the fun of making a telescope, silk-screening a Makers Festival T-shirt, creating felt art and jewelry or try your hand at making a musical instrument. Bring the children and play on the Travelling Imagination Playground. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Outdoor Days in the Outdoor Classroom
Saturdays 2 PM - 5 PM – Jun 10, 2017 until Jun 24, 2017 
Join us in celebration of "Get Outdoors Month" as we craft, play, and learn during nature-inspired activities. Fun for all ages! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Junior Ranger Camp Ages 7 - 9
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 13, 2017 until Jun 16, 2017 
Join a park ranger for a four-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We will be working towards earning the deer badge. Registration required. Click link for more details. Registration begins May 3rd. Payment due at time of registration. Reservations taken Mon - Thurs from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  $75 per child $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 10 - 12
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 20, 2017 until Jun 23, 2017 
Join a park ranger for a four day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We will be working towards earning a Deer Badge. Registration required, opens May 3rd. Reservations will be taken Mon - Thurs from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  $75 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Harvest at the Homestead
10 AM - 4 AM from Sep 16, 2017 until Sep 18, 2017 
Step back in time as talented reenactors bring our authentic 1800's homestead to life. See how pioneers prepared for the cold winter months. There will be demonstrations and activities for all ages including cooking, crafts, music, 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