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.

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
• 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
• 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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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.
Family Movie Night
Saturdays 8 PM - 10:30 PM – 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.
Kayak the Shores of Red Top
Sunday, Jul 30, 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, look for signs of wildlife, and learn the history of Red Top. Bring a 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.
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Archery for Beginners
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 12 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
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.
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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.
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