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.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,776 Acres
• 18 Cottages ($150–$190) — #17 & #18 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 92 Campsites ($20–$35)
• 1 Yurt ($80)
• Pioneer Campground ($45+)
• 7 Picnic Shelters ($55)
• 2 Group Shelters (seat 150 & 200, $150–$300)
• Meeting Room
• Swimming Beach — seasonal
• Mountain Cove Discovery Room
• 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
• First Time Camper Program
• Swimming
• Ranger Programs
• Playground
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• Archery
Allatoona Pass
• 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

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I Spy A...Hike
Friday, Jan 20, 2017 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Friday, Jan 27, 2017 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Join in on a fun game of I Spy on one of Red Top's beautiful nature trails. While hiking lakeside we will play and look for animals, their habitats, trees, and more. Meet at the White Tail Trail and wear sturdy walking shoes. $5 parking. 770-975-4226.
Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Friday, Jan 20, 2017 7:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Jan 27, 2017 7:30 PM to 8 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.
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, Jan 20, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jan 27, 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
A Walk through Time on Iron Hill
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Ranger lead historic/geology hike on Iron Hill. A billion years in the making; take a Geology Hike on the beautiful Iron Hill Trail. Visit the Iron Pits and Ochre outcrops while learning how three physiographic provinces came together to form the mineral rich formations.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Archery for Beginners
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Jan 29, 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 you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must call the Park Office to pre-register. Meet at the Park Office 5 minutes early. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Trekking for Animal Tracks
Saturdays 2 PM - 4 PM – Jan 21, 2017 until Jan 28, 2017 
NO PROGRAM JAN 21ST. Lake Allatoona is drained every winter, exposing the muddy shores - a great place to explore! Come adventure with a ranger, learn how to find and identify animal tracks and other signs of wildlife. We might get muddy, so wear appropriate shoes. Meet at Park Office. Program canceled in event of rain/below freezing temperatures. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
What is Natural Resource Management?
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 2 PM to 3 PM
Join us at Group Shelter 1 for the first program in our "Get to Know your State Parks" series. A behind the scenes look into state parks. While many enjoy the trails and events at Red Top, park rangers work year round to monitor and preserve Georgia's natural resources. Come see for yourselves where that work begins. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
Wilderness Survival
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Fire building, wilderness survival kits, and shelter building are all important skills to know when trekking in the woods. Join us to learn these lessons hands-on and ask a Ranger any questions you might have! Meet at the picnic tables near the Outdoor Classroom. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Find Your Bearing with Orienteering
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join us to learn the sport of orienteering on our permanent Orienteering Course. You'll learn the basics of reading a topographic map, how to use a compass, and begin the game. Have coats and hiking shoes for moderate level off-trail hiking. Compasses can be supplied for program use, or bring your own. Meet at the Visitor Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Snakes, Skins and Scales
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Have you ever wondered why snakes' skin and scales look the way they do? Come see a live snake and learn what makes these beautiful creatures so unique. Afterwards, stick around for a fun craft. Meet at the picnic tables near the Outdoor Classroom. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Population Control through Checks and Balances
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 2 PM to 3 PM
Join us at Group Shelter 1 for program in our "behind the scenes" in state parks. Today, we will be discussing quota hunts, endangered species counts, and other interesting programs that Park Rangers host to help control and monitor the animal populations on Georgia's state parks. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
Invasive Species Removal
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 2 PM to 3 PM
Bring your family to the Park Office for another "behind the scenes in state parks" programs. You'll learn the difference between invasive and native species, and learn what tools Park Rangers use to keep the plants on our parks in check. Bring your walking shoes and water bottles so we can head out for a hike to see these plants for ourselves. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Junior Ranger Saturdays
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 12 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 12 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 12 PM to 3 PM
Three hours of exploring the woods, learning new skills, meeting critters, crafts and more. Each day will be different, and will be fun for new AND returning Jr Rangers. Last 3 Saturdays in Feb. from 12:00 - 3:00. For children ages 7-11. $10/day, must preregister by calling 770-975-0055, Mon - Fri from 9-5. Questions? Email Hannah.Warner@DNR.GA.GOV  $10. 770-975-0055.
Tree Revitalization Projects
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 2 PM to 3 PM
Meet at the Iron Hill trail for another "behind the scenes in state parks" program. We will be focusing on the work our rangers have done to restore native species of trees in parks across Georgia, specifically the Long-leaf Pine, Eastern Hemlock, and American Chestnut trees. See the tools, hear it from the rangers themselves! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Back Yard Bird Count and Hike
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 8 AM to 10 AM
We will look for resident birds and winter migrants. This trip will start on the Lakeside Trail, which makes a 0.5 mile loop around a restored 1869 log cabin with field and woodland habitats and a view of Allatoona Lake. It is ADA accessible for the full length. Bring binoculars and comfortable walking shoes. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
Iron Hill Kayak Tour
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 12 PM to 4 PM
In anticipation of the following weekend's "Hills of Iron" event, we will explore the Iron Hill area from a unique perspective. Paddle over the water covering a once booming iron mining community, see the iron mines of Iron Hill, and enjoy the scenic views of Lake Allatoona. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Click for more details.  $25 per person $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Soak It In
Hills of Iron and Iron Pour
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 9 PM
The iron industry was one of Georgia's first businesses long before the Civil War, and we will be celebrating the area's history with a full day of activities. We will be having guided tours, educational programs, and of course, our famous Iron Pour! Click event link for schedule of events. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 13, 2017 until Jun 16, 2017 
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. Reservations taken Mon - Thurs from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  $75 per child $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 10 - 12
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 20, 2017 until Jun 23, 2017 
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.
Harvest at the Homestead
10 AM - 4 AM from Sep 16, 2017 until Sep 18, 2017 
Step back in time as talented reenactors bring our authentic 1800's 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.
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
50 Lodge Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102 View Details

Red Top Mountain State Park