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.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/RedTopMountain

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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Events
Campfire Tales
Friday, May 26, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 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.
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
Friday, May 26, 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
Kayak the Shores of Red Top
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday, May 28, 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
Introduction to Orienteering and Compasses
Sunday, May 28, 2017 10 AM to 1 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
Lawn Game Merriment
Monday, May 29, 2017 11 AM to 4 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.
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Face Painting Fun
Monday, May 29, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Have your face painted and enjoy Memorial Day with a festive look. Face Painting will be located at the outdoor classroom, next to Lawn Games. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
AmeriCorps
Teddy Bear Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Join us for a family friendly hike starting at the old park office on Lakeside Trail. On this paved, stroller friendly, .75 mile loop trail, kids of all ages are invited hunt for hidden teddy bears and explore our outdoor classroom. Don't forget to bring your favorite stuffed animal and a picnic lunch. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Sweet Summer Nights Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Bring your special someone and join us at the Iron Hill Trail parking lot for a special sunset hike. Resplendent views of the lake at sunset await on this 3.9 mile loop trail. Be sure to bring a flashlight for when darkness falls, as we will finish the trail in the sweet still of the night. $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
Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
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10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 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.  $75 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Camp Ages 10 - 12
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, Jun 22, 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 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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.  $75 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
More Dates...
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.  $75 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
50 Lodge Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102 View Details


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Red Top Mountain State Park