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.
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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
Marina
• 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
• Swimming
• Ranger Programs
• Playground
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• Archery
Allatoona Pass
Pickleball
• 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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Chestnuts on an Open Fire
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.
AmeriCorps
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Apr 21, 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.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
Junior Ranger Spring Break Camp
Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Join us for three days of adventure, fun, and exploring. Camp is for kids ages 6 -10. Preregistration required. To register, call 770-975-0055 Monday - Friday, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  $50 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Dusk Hike
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Come join us on the Sweet Gum Trail as we listen for wildlife and seek glowing insects with black light flashlights. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water. No pets please. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Archery for Beginners
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment needed to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. You'll learn a new skill and get in shape. Must be age 9+ to participate. Register in advance. Program is outdoor and weather permitting.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Moonlight Egg Hunt
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
Enjoy an egg hunt by moonlight with black-light flashlights. We'll supply the flashlights; you seek the rewards. Some eggs will have treats, some will have prizes and there will be a special prize for the participant who finds the Golden Egg. You must call to pre-register and reserve your child's spot no later than April 13. Click for more details.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps
Lost Prevention and Fire Starting
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Join a Ranger at the Park Office to learn about important steps to take and tools to pack when preparing for a wilderness adventure. Then we'll spark a flame for ourselves using magnesium strike blocks. This is a great program for kids and families in preparation for a fun summer outside. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
Perplexed by Pollinators?
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Join rangers outside on this spring day for an interactive program to discover what a pollinator is, how pollination works, and the role of pollinators in our ecosystem. Join us at the Park Office. Program is outdoors and weather permitting. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
Bats in the Night
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Join us at the Park Office to learn about and spy on bats as they hunt insects in the night. We will begin by learning about bats role in the ecosystem, dangers they face as a species, and what you can do to help. Then stick around as dusk falls to spot some for yourself. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
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.
Mining for Minerals
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Dig-In next to Lake Allatoona. Miners will be digging for goethite, an iron ore. Lucky miners may uncover a geode or two. All miners receive a bag of minerals as a souvenir.  $10.00 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps
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.
AmeriCorpsSoak It In
Makers' Festival of Red Top Mountain
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.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 7 - 9
Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
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10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 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.  $75 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 10 - 12
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
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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.
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 7-9
Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
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Join a park ranger for a four-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We won't be working towards earning a badge, so this is great for new AND returning rangers. Registration required. Click for more details. Registration begins May 3rd, taken Mon - Thurs from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  $75 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 10 - 12
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
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Join a park ranger for a four-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We won't be working towards earning a badge, so this is great for new and returning rangers. Registration required. Click for more details. Registration begins May 3, Mon - Thurs from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  $75 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Harvest at the Homestead
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Step back in time as talented reenactors bring our authentic 1800s 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.
Address/Directions
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.


Park directions map

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Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102 View Details


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Red Top Mountain State Park