Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Red Top Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park Office 770-975-0055
Visitor Center 770-975-4226


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Hunt Dates -- The park will be closed December 1-2 for a managed deer hunt. 

"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.
   Educational Group Programs
   Red Top Mountain State Park Business Plan

Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

If you are interested in scheduling a program, please contact the park office.

    • 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)
    • Swimming Beach (seasonal)
    • Mountain Cove Discovery Room – nature exhibits and ranger programs

    • Boating and Skiing – marina, 2 ramps, 2 docks, private boats permitted, no horsepower limit
    • 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
    • Mountain Cove Discovery Room
    • Playground
    • Miniature Golf (fee)
    Visit Allatoona Pass
    • Tennis
    Weddings (park approval required)


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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Bike to See the Iron Pits
Wednesdays 4 PM - 5:30 PM – Nov 25, 2015 
Mountain Bike with a Ranger at Iron Hill - Bring your own all- terrain bike and a helmet. We’ll visit and learn about iron mining at an historic pit. This is a loop ride on the Iron Hill Trail; it is a well packed, dirt/gravel trail. Moderate level 3.9 mile loop trail with some terrain and low hills. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Don't Be a Turkey, Craft a Turkey!
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 1 PM to 2 PM
Bring your kids and enjoy a free hour of Thanksgiving themed crafting at beautiful Red Top Mountain. Join an AmeriCorps Ranger at the Park Office at 1PM! Minors must be accompanied by an adult, email questions to $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Thursday, Dec 3, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Archery at Red Top Mountain! Come learn the basics of Archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Register at the Park Office. Ages 8 and up, Minor's must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not bring your own equipment, AmeriCorps will provide all you need. $3 per archer. Questions? Email us at  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-4151.
Roaming Ranger of Red Top
Fridays 4 PM - 6 PM – Dec 4, 2015 until Dec 18, 2015 
Meet a ranger at the visitor center from 4-5 PM for a small fire and a chat about local wildlife and programs as you check in to your campsite. From 5-6 PM the ranger will ride around the campground to answer questions and meet with guests. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Cocoa and Campfire
Saturdays 7 PM - 8 PM – Dec 5, 2015 until Dec 19, 2015 
Who doesn't love hot cocoa and a campfire on a winter's eve? Come join us by the large casting shed on the far end of the lawn behind the park office. Dress warmly for fun and we will have hot cocoa. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you have questions, email us at $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Strolling on a Sunday
Sundays 10 AM - 11 AM – Dec 6, 2015 until Dec 20, 2015 
Join us for a gentle Sunday morning hike on the Sweetgum trail. Bring your hiking shoes, water bottles and smiles. This is about a 1 mile loop with some elevation change. Meet at the park office. Children must be accompanied by adults. Hike leaves promptly at 10 AM. Questions, email us at $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Kids Craft Time
Sundays 11 AM - 12 PM – Dec 6, 2015 until Dec 28, 2015 
Join us Sundays in December for a children's holiday themed craft. Meet at the Park Office. Contact us with any questions at  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Introduction to Tennis
Sundays 1 PM - 2 PM – Dec 6, 2015 until Dec 27, 2015 
Come and learn the basics of tennis with americorps rangers. Equipment will be provided. $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 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. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Christmas Pet Walk
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Dress up your dog in his/her favorite holiday clothes or costumes and bring him to Red Top for a free guided dog walk! Christmas at the Cabin is a great backdrop for holiday pictures. Meet us at the Park Office, we leave promptly at 11AM. All dogs must be on a leash. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Where did Santa Clause get his Reindeer?
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 12 PM to 1 PM
Learn about the beast that pulls Santa's sled, and craft your own to take home. Meet at the Park Office. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Email us at $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Make Your Own Christmas Toys
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Join us as we make toys the old fashion way. We will make yo-yos and tops from wood and decorate them. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For questions, email us at $5 parking. 770-975-4151.
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.

Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Rd SE
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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Red Top Mountain State Park

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