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Red Top Mountain State Park

Reservations 800-864-7275
Park Office 770-975-0055
Visitor's Center 770-975-4226

 

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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 Vaughan 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 ($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
Marina
• 2 Boat Ramps
• 2 Fishing Docks

Things To Do & See:

• Boating — private boats permitted
• Water Skiing
• Kayak Rental
• Fishing
• Hiking — 15 miles of trails, ¾-mile paved accessible trail
• 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 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

Red Top Mountain State Park Business Plan

School Programs at Red Top Mountain

Friends of Red Top Mountain

Muddy Spokes Club


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Events
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Fridays 8:30 PM - 10 PM – May 6, 2016 until Jul 29, 2016 
Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, bring your own equipment as well. We will learn about well-known constellations. Meet at the Visitor's Center by 8:15 pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket, binoculars & a flashlight with red light. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners
Saturday, May 7, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
An introduction to the world of birds. We will look for resident birds spring 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. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Hills of Iron
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 8 PM
Discover the park's iron-mining history by touring an iron mine with a park ranger, visiting our blacksmith, etching a scratch block, and watching an iron pour. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2:00. Supplies are limited. Limit one per person. The line forms early! Iron pour starts at 6:00 PM.  Fee for scratch block molds. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Mining for Minerals
Saturday, May 7, 2016 11 AM to 4 PM
Dig-In and Mine for Minerals next to Lake Allatoona. All miners get to keep their Red Top Mountain Mining Hat as a souvenir.  $10.00 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Springtime Crafting
Saturday, May 7, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Take a break from Iron Pour activities with a craft for kids. We'll even clean up the mess. Join us at the Park Office. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Red Top's Reptiles
Saturday, May 7, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
We're bringing out a snake and a turtle for this live animal encounter. Bring the family to the Park Office for this event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Night Hike and Scorpion Hunt
Saturday, May 7, 2016 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
We're heading into the night to learn about the things that we can't normally see. We'll hunt phosphorescent organisms, listen for owls, and listen to the waves of Lake Allatoona crash the into the rocks under the stars. You'll be meeting at the Park Office to walk the mild 1 mile White Tail Trail after hours with special permission from a Ranger. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Home School Day at Red Top Mountain
Thursday, May 12, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
This month we will be learning about the trees of Red Top Mountain with a moderate level tree identification hike and a dendrochronology activity. These activities are recommended for 3rd grade students and up. Call the Park Office to pre-register by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Archery at Red Top Mountain
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Archery was a necessary skill for thousands of years, today it remains a powerful tool for coordination and fitness. Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Call to pre-register, Ages 9+ only. Minor's must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail
Saturday, May 14, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Iron Hill has a rich history, much of which is unknown to the public. In this exclusive guided hike, a ranger will take you to explore the hidden gems of Iron Hill Trail including an iron mine, homestead sites and more. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHidden Gem
Red Top Mountain Makers Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 11 AM to 7 PM
Experience the First Makers Festival in a Georgia State Park. Makers present will be: Jewelers, Wood Workers, a Telescope Maker, Soapstone Carver, Print Maker, Bat Box Builder, Cider Maker & many more. Following the Festival enjoy Bluegrass Music at the Vaughn Cabin, above the Makers Field. Pack a picnic & enjoy makers & music on this festive day. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Hidden Gem
Mountain Music Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM – May 21, 2016 until Jul 30, 2016 
Enjoy our free "Mountain Music" concerts every Saturday night May 21 to July 30. A different band each week will play for an hour or more. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and meet at the Vaughan log cabin located behind the park office. Bucket donations are appreciated! $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 7-9 Beginner
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 until Friday, Jun 17, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 7-9 are invited to a traditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer camp. This is perfect for those who are looking to earn badges or have never attended a Junior Ranger Camp before. Space is limited and preregistration and registration fee is required. Registration starts April 1st. Call 770-975-0055 for more information. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 7-9 Intermediate
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 until Friday, Jun 24, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 7-9 are invited to a nontraditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer Camp. This is perfect for those who have already earned badges, attended a camp before, completed the Junior Ranger book, or are looking for something different. Space is limited and preregistration and registration fee is required. Registration starts April 1st. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Ages 10-12 Beginner
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 until Friday, Jul 22, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 10-12 are invited to a traditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer Camp. This is an ideal camp for those who have never attended a Junior Ranger Camp before or are looking to earn badges. Space is limited and preregistration and registration fee is required. Registration starts April 1st. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 10-12 Intermediate
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 until Friday, Jul 29, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Children ages 10-12 are invited to a nontraditional version of our Junior Ranger Summer camp. This is perfect for those who have already completed the Junior Ranger Handbook or are just looking for a week of outdoor fun and adventure. Space is limited and preregistration and registration fee is required. Registration starts April 1st. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you may have missed it. Homestead Trail is home to, you guessed it, old homesteads. However, finding these sites is tricky to the untrained eye. Join a ranger-led hike through the forest to the sites of these homes and learn the untold story of the woods. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Harvest Time at the Homestead
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM from Sep 17, 2016 until Sep 18, 2016 
Step back in time to the 1800s and experience the lives of citizens and soldiers. Living history demonstrators will bring our historic log cabin to life as they demonstrate crafts and daily activities. Try your hand at woodworking, laundry, soapmaking and more. Stop by the Civil War camp and visit with soldiers. See black powder weapons fired. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 2 PM to 10 PM
Starting at 6 p.m., see a demonstration of our iron furnace, harking back to the days of iron production in the Allatoona community. Our furnace operates at more then 2500 degrees! Buy a scratch block mold at 2:00 pm. to create your own cast-iron art. Limit 1 per person. Supplies limited. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 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. Play with the pioneer toys that would have been given as presents. Santa will be available for photos and Christmas visits. Help decorate the Christmas Tree. See Christmas dinner cooked in the fireplace. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Handicapped Accessible
Address/Directions
Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102
Bartow County


GPS Coordinates:

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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