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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 Vaughan 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) -- comfort station #4 temporarily closed
• 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
• Kayak Rental
• 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
• 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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Disc Golf for Beginners
Friday, Jul 1, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jul 8, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jul 15, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Disc golf is a sport that combines Frisbee and golf into a fun and inexpensive sport that is growing in popularity across America. We're setting up some baskets so that you can come experience it for yourself at Red Top. Some discs provided, or bring your own. Meet us at the Park Office and stay as long as you'd like for this relaxed paced program. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Iced Lemonade
Fridays 9 PM - 10:30 PM – Jul 1, 2016 until Jul 22, 2016 
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. 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. New location at Picnic area 2-3. Located beside Bethany Bridge. New time is - 9:00 p.m. Bring a red lens flashlight. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners
Saturday, Jul 2, 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
Kayak the Shores of Red Top
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Enjoy a guided tour of Red Top as viewed from Allatoona Lake. Kayak to the Allatoona Dam with a Ranger and learn about the park. Kayak, life jacket, and paddles will be provided. Bring water, closed toed water shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Guests must pre-pay via phone or in person by 5 p.m. Friday before the desired date. Meet at the Park Office.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Don't get Lost, get into Orienteering
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Staying on course is a key to life. Meet us at the Visitor Center to learn how to use a compass and how to navigate Red Top's permanent Orienteering Course. Bring closed-toed shoes, water, bug-spray, and a hat. Orienteering is fun for all ages, so bring the family and join us to explore Red Top.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Reptiles at Red Top
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Join us in the tent by the park office to find out what makes reptile tick. We will show you remnants of turtle shells, a few live turtles, and maybe a snake or two. Come check out these rocking reptiles. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Hoot About Owls
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Come out and learn about one of nature's nocturnal raptors. These nighttime hunters have special features to aid them in hunting and surviving. You'll be able to see and experience briefly the life of an owl. Meet at the tent by the park office. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Mountain Music Series
Saturdays 8 PM - 9:30 PM – Jul 2, 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
Archery for Beginners
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Must call to pre-register and pre-pay to reserve a spot, ages 9+ only. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment provided. Program is outdoors and weather permitting. Meet at the Park Office.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Ultimate Frisbee on the Lawn
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
Ultimate Frisbee is like soccer but with a Frisbee. Wear tennis shoes and clothes that can get dirty and we will teach you how to play ultimate Frisbee. Open to those new to the game or long-time players. Meet on the park office. Recommended ages 9+. It is going to be fun so "Frisbee there or Frisbee square." $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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Home School Day at Red Top Mountain
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Learning about minerals can be really "gneiss;" in fact it can rock. Bring your home school family to Red Top for a lesson in the geological process. To provide a great experience, we will hold this class twice, with limited spots each day. Register in advance. This program is aimed at grades 3-7.  $3 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
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.
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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.
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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
Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail
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.
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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
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.

Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102 View Details

Red Top Mountain State Park

Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST).
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