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Red Top Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park Office 770-975-0055
Visitor Center 770-975-4226

NOTICE: The Iron Hill Trail is only partially open. The boardwalk is closed and not passable from either side due to recent storm damage.

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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.
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Park Hours: 7AM-Dark
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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If you are interested in scheduling a program, please contact the park office.


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 1,776 Acres
    • 18 Cottages ($150-$190) -- #17 and #18 are dog friendly ($45 per dog, limit 2)
    • 92 Tent, Trailer, RV Sites ($20-$35) -- RV pull-throughs are not waterfront
    1 Yurt ($80)
    • Pioneer Campground ($45 and up)
    • 7 Picnic Shelters ($55)
    • 2 Group Shelters (seat 150 and 200, $150-$300)
    • Meeting Room
    • Swimming Beach (seasonal)
    • Mountain Cove Discovery Room – nature exhibits and ranger programs


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    • Boating and Skiing – marina, 2 ramps, 2 docks, private boats permitted, no horsepower limit, kayak rental
    • 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
    • Playground
    • Miniature Golf (fee)
    • Archery
    Pickleball
    Geocaching
    Visit Allatoona Pass
    • Tennis
    Weddings (park approval required)




NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:


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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Events
Tracks and Trails of Red Top Animals
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Don't let the winter gloom get you down, bring the kids to Red Top and we'll craft a paw print guide to animal tracks local to North Georgia. You'll learn where to look for these tracks and weather permitting we'll go find some wild paw prints. Meet at the Park Office, no registration needed. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Campfire Tales
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Learn campfire tales while roasting tasty chestnuts. We will also learn of true American Chestnut Revitalization Programs happening at Lake Allatoona Dam and at Fort Mountain State Park. Outdoor event in front of Visitors Center, Red Top Mountain Park. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 8:15 PM to 10 PM
Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, and you can bring your own equipment as well. We will talk about well-known constellations. Meet us at the Visitor's Center by 8:15pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge. Bring a blanket, binoculars and a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Don't get Lost, get into Orienteering
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Staying on course is a key to life, so come to the Park office and learn how to use a compass to find your way on an orienteering course. Orienteering is fun for all ages, so bring the family and join us to explore Red Top. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Wilderness Survival Skills
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
It's getting cold out, do you know how to survive in the wilderness? The ability to build a fire and shelter could keep you safe or make you the coolest kid on the camping trip. Wear your coat and gloves and bring the family to the Park Office for this program. Program is weather permitting, email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Craft a Critter - Create an Animal Puppet
Sundays 11 AM - 12 PM – Feb 14, 2016 until Feb 28, 2016 
We will use simple crafting and natural materials to create native to Georgia animal puppets. Each week we will make a different Red Top Puppet Critter. Bring your imagination and wear clothes that can get glue on them.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Sip of Tea & Stretch Overlooking Lake Allatoona
Sundays 1:30 PM - 2 PM – Feb 14, 2016 until Mar 27, 2016 
Take a moment to relax at Red Top Mountain State Park. Standing stretches on Lodge Terrace. Hot tea & Sitting Poses inside in the Discovery Room. Children's stretch available simultaneously.  $2.00 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 8 AM to 9 AM
We will look for resident birds and see if we can find some early spring migrants. This trip will start on the Lakeside Trail, which makes a 0.5 mile loop around a restored 1869 log cabin with field and woodland habitats and a view of Allatoona Lake. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; join us at the Park Office to build your own bat habitats to strengthen their population! Call to pre-register, spaces are limited! Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Test the Waters of Allatoona Lake
Friday, Mar 4, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Friday, Mar 11, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bring the family to Red Top Mountain's Park Office for a science activity. We'll be testing Lake Allatoona's temperature, pH balance, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen levels and discussing why it's important. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Archery at Red Top Mountain
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
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Archery was a necessary skill for thousands of years, today it remains a powerful tool for coordination and fitness. Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Call to pre-register, Ages 8+ only. Minor's must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Red Top's Reptiles
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
We're letting a snake and turtle out of their habitats for this interactive animal encounter. Bring the whole family to learn about the reptiles and their habitats. Meet us in the Park Office's Discovery Room. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Hills of Iron and Iron Pour
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 11 AM
The iron industry was one of Georgia's first businesses long before the Civil War. Take guided wagon ride tours of the historic Iron Hill section of the park. Later that evening, watch molten iron pour from a blast furnace at 2800 degrees Fahrenheit. Scratch block molds will be for sale so you can make your own iron keepsake. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Vexed by the Vernal Equinox
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Red Top Rangers can help you figure out this cosmic conundrum. Bring the family to the Park Office for this interactive science program about the equinox. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you probably missed it. Homestead trail is home to, you guessed it! Old Homesteads. But actually finding these sites is tricky to the untrained eye. Join a Ranger as you are guided through the forest to the sites of the homes and learn the untold story of the woods. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Help make Red Top Park's Flowers Grow
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Going green is as easy as a walk in the park. We invite you to volunteer one hour of your time to help us strengthen pollinator habitats by spreading wildflower seeds in selected areas of Red Top Mountain. Meet at the Park Office with water, walking shoes, hats, and bug spray. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Imagination Playground
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 12 PM to 5 PM
We’re setting up the Imagination Playground, a collection of giant blue building blocks for kids to build and create with. Bring your kids ages 4-12 to share in this interactive, transformable environment while you relax and enjoy the view at Red Top Mountain. This program is weather permitting. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Perplexed by Pollinators?
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
We’re here to help. Bring the kids for an interactive program to discover what a pollinator is and how they help improve your ecosystem. Join us at the Park Office. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
How to make the Honey
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Meet the bees that make life so tasty, and discover the secrets of harvesting honey. Enjoy a Q&A with a beekeeper, view an enclosed hive, and participate in a bee-utiful kids craft. Meet at the Park Office. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Earth's Heritage of Seeds
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Dig in at Red Top State Park and learn how heritage seed banks are giving back worldwide. Join us at the Park office. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Spring at the Homestead
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Bring the whole family to this living history event and discover what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Living history demonstrations include cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, toys and games, candle-dipping, and more. See soldiers camped nearby and witness black powder weapons demonstrations including cannons. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail
Saturday, May 14, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
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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Junior Ranger Camp Ages 7-9 Beginner
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 until Friday, Jun 17, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 7-9 are invited to a traditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer camp. This is perfect for those who are looking to earn badges or have never attended a Junior Ranger Camp before. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 770-975-0055 for more information. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Junior Ranger Camp Ages 7-9 Intermediate
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 until Friday, Jun 24, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 7-9 are invited to a nontraditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer Camp. This is perfect for those who have already earned badges, attended a camp before, completed the Junior Ranger book, or are looking for something a little different. Register in advance; space limited. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Junior Ranger Ages 10-12 Beginner
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 until Friday, Jul 22, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 10-12 are invited to a traditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer Camp. This is an ideal camp for those who have never attended a Junior Ranger Camp before or are looking to earn badges. Space is limited and preregistration is required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Junior Ranger Camp Ages 10-12 Intermediate
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 until Friday, Jul 29, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 10-12 are invited to a nontraditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer camp. This is perfect for those who have already completed the Junior Ranger Handbook, have attended a camp before, or are just looking for a week of outdoor fun and adventure. Space is limited and preregistration is required. $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 will bring our historic log cabin to life as they demonstrate crafts and daily activities. Try your hand at woodworking, laundry, soapmaking and more. Stop by the Civil War camp and visit with soldiers. See black powder weapons fired. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
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.
Handicapped Accessible
Address/Directions
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.


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Red Top Mountain State Park
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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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