"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. The park also maintains Allatoona Pass Battlefield, a historically significant battlefield due to the well-preserved trenches and earthworks.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
- 1,776 Acres
- 12,000 Acre Lake Allatoona
- 20 Cottages
- 93 Tent, Trailer & RV Campites
- 6 Yurts
- 1 Pioneer Campground (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 7 Picnic Shelters (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 2 Group Shelters (seats 100 & 250. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- Event Room (seats up to 30. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- Sand Beach
- 2 Boat Ramps
- 2 Boat Docks
- 3 Playgrounds
Things To Do & See
- Archery Programs
- Boating and Water Skiing
- Educational and Interpretive Programs
- Tennis and Pickleball
- Allatoona Pass Battlefield
- Booth Western Art Museum
- Blue Ridge Mountains
- Cartersville, GA
- Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site
- Funk Heritage Center
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
- New Echota State Historic Site
- Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site
- Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
- Bartow History Museum
- Tellus Science Museum
- Allatoona WMA
- Paulding Forest WMA
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