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.

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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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Kayak the Shores of Red Top
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Join us for a guided paddle along the beautiful Red Top Mountain shoreline. We'll enjoy the view, looking for signs of wildlife, and learning the history of Red Top. Bring hat, drinking water, and water shoes. Children should be age 7 and up to attend. Pre-register for this event by calling Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:00.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorpsSoak It In
Family Movie Night
Saturdays 8 PM - 10:30 PM – Jul 1, 2017 until Jul 29, 2017 
Starting on June 10th, Saturdays in June and July will be Family Movie Night at Red Top Mountain State Park! All movies rate G and PG. Movies will be shown in the lawn at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3 - across from Bethany Bridge. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs. This event will be canceled in the event of rain. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Lawn Game Merriment
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 12 PM to 6 PM
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 12 PM to 6 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of lawn games with an AmeriCorps Ranger on the lawn by the Vaughn Cabin. Have some unadulterated fun playing great games like bocce ball, corn hole, croquet, ladder ball, kubb, and giant jenga. Open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in and leave at your leisure. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Campfire Tales - New Time: Starts at 8:00 p. m.
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Gather around the campfire. Hear tales of Red Top while roasting marshmallows. Bring your own Stories and S'More makings. Outdoor event in front of Visitors Center, Red Top Mountain Park. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Cold Lemonade
New Time - Starting at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 9 PM to 10:30 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 8:45 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
Intro to Tree Identification
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Join an Americorps Ranger on this 2 to 4 mile hike and learn about the wide variety of trees that grow in the Georgia Piedmont region. Learn ID characteristics like leaves, bark, form, and habitat. We will cover all the basics from pines to oaks and plenty in between.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps
Introduction to Orienteering and Compasses
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 2 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 2 PM to 5 PM
Join us at the Visitor Center for an introductory course to the sport of Orienteering on our permanent course. We'll be starting at the Visitor Center, then taking a short walk to the course. Wear closed toed shoes, bring water, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Compasses will be provided for loan or can be purchased from the Visitor Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Archery for Beginners
Sunday, Jul 9, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Jul 9, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
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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 by calling Monday-Thursday. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Meet at the Park Office.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
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.  $100 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.  $100 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.


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Red Top Mountain State Park
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Acworth, GA 30102 View Details


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Red Top Mountain State Park