Red Top Mountain State Park

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Red Top Mountain State Park

Georgia

(770) 975-4226

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Overview

This popular park on 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona is ideal for swimming, boating, and fishing. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent from nearby Park Marine. Twelve miles of hiking trails wind through the park, providing opportunities for exercise or relaxation. The Iron Hill Trail is perfect for beginning mountain bikers. Visitors can explore a reconstructed 1860s homesite, including a log cabin and blacksmith shop. The park's music series and homestead events are held at this historic cabin. Named for the soil's rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, Red Top Mountain was once an important iron mining area. The namesake of the park, Red Top Mountain, is in the northwestern section of the park. Today you can visit mining related sites in the park and in other public access recreation areas around Lake Allatoona.

Map of Red Top Mountain & Lodge (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.142950, -84.706700

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a privately owned full service marina in Red Top Mountain State Park where you can rent slips, buy gas, visit the marina store, and rent boats. There are also two boat ramps and two docks available for use by park visitors.

  • Bicycling

    The Iron Hill Bike Trail is a 3.9 mile shared use (hiking and biking) gravel path. It includes sections along the banks of Lake Allatoona. This scenic trail is a loop that winds along the banks of the lake through a historic area that was once home to an active iron mining community in the mid 1800s. Along the way you will have the opportunity to observe both native wildlife and a profusion of native plants.

  • Camping

    There are 92 shared tent and RV sites that are available on a first come first serve basis. Sites include a picnic table, grill, and fire ring. There is a comfort station with showers but no washer/dryer. Maximum per site is six persons and a maximum of two vehicles per site. Located in wooded area and most are well shaded and are within walking distance to lake.

    In addition there is one yurt and 18 cottages in Red Top Mountain State Park, two of which are dog friendly. A pioneer campground is available.

  • Fishing

    Lake Allatoona is a popular place to fish. Anglers try their luck from the shoreline and from boats. Georgia fishing laws are enforced, which means if you are over 16 years old you must have a license to fish.

  • Golfing

    There is an 18 hole mini golf course that visitors can enjoy for a small fee.

  • Hiking

    There are 12 1/2 miles of wooded hiking trails and 3/4 mile of paved trail in the park. The wooded trails vary from 1/2 mile to 5 1/2 miles, traverse the woods and the shoreline, and vary in ratings from easy to moderate. The paved trail is ADA accessible and is is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. The paved trail passes the Vaughn cabin, which hosts a variety of park programs, and includes sections that pass along the shoreline of Lake Allatoona.

  • Historic Sites

    The park is home to the historic Vaughn Cabin, a restored 1800s log home that was moved into the park in 1996. It now serves as a focal point for a number of park events, including the popular summer music in the park series. Near the cabin there is also a reconstructed casting shed that is used to demonstrate how iron ore was smelted from iron-ore rock.

  • Picnicking

    There are seven covered picnic areas. They include barbecue grills, picnic tables, and trash cans. Red Top Mountain also has two group shelters that are great for larger parties, seating 100 and 250 people. They offer a large enclosed space, are climate controlled (both are heated, #1 has air conditioning), have a full kitchen, and their own bathrooms.

  • RVing

    There are 92 campsites that can hold either a pop-up trailer, trailer, or motor home up to 40 feet long. The sites have water, 20/30 amp electrical service, picnic table, grill, fire ring and cable hook-up. The park has a comfort station with showers but no washer or dryer. All sites are first come, first- served and are located in wooded area and most are well shaded.

  • Tennis

    Tennis courts are available for visitors to enjoy.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming beach is open during the warmest months of the year.

Seasonality/Weather

The day use area of the park is open year round 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5p.m.

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Directions

Driving

Located 45 minutes north of Atlanta near Cartersville, 1.5 miles east of I-75 exit #285.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 975-4226

Permits

(800) 864-7275

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