Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Red Top Mountain State Park

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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.

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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.

50 Lodge Rd SE
Acworth, GA United States 30102
Bartow County



Rocking Chairs & Picnic Tables -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
Help 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
Presenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
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.
Pickleball 101
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
Looking 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... $5 parking. 770-529-2304.
Handicapped Accessible Art Class: Intro to Nature Drawing
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
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.
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 EventPresenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
Watch 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 GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
Take 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
Presenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Red Top Mountain State Park
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.
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