Historic High Country / Cartersville

Red Top Mountain State Park

50 Lodge Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30121

770-975-4226 | 800-864-7275
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  • Iron Pour

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  • Group Shelter

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  • Boat Docks & Marina

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  • Easter Egg Hunt

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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, it is 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.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Site Information

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Dump Station, Number of Sites, Primitive Camp Sites Available, Pull-thru Sites, RVs Permitted, Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate

    Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate

    02/12/2016 - 02/26/2016

    Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, and you can bring your own equipment as well. We will talk about well-known constellations. Meet us at the Visitor's Center by 8:15pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge. Bring a blanket, binoculars and a flashlight with red light.

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  • Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners

    Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners

    02/20/2016 - 02/20/2016

    We will look for resident birds and see if we can find some early 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.

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  • Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    02/20/2016 - 04/24/2016

    Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem. Join us at the Park Office to build your own bat habitats to strengthen their population! Call to pre-register; spaces are limited! Questions? Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov

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  • Hills of Iron and Iron Pour

    Hills of Iron and Iron Pour

    03/19/2016 - 03/19/2016

    Starting at 11 a.m., take a 30 minute guided hayride tour of the historic Iron Hill section of the park. Starting at 1 p.m., play yard games behind the park office and watch a blacksmith working in the blacksmith shop. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2 p.m. Supplies are limited. Limit 1 per person. Iron pour starts at 6 p.m. Watch molten iron pour from an operating blast furnace at 2800 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into a mold.

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  • Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail

    Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail

    04/23/2016 - 09/10/2016

    If you don't know what you're looking for, you probably missed it. Homestead trail is home to, you guessed it! Old Homesteads. But actually finding these sites is tricky to the untrained eye. Join a Ranger as you are guided through the forest to the sites of the homes and learn the untold story of the woods.

    Saturday, Apr 23, 2016
    12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Saturday, Sep 10, 2016
    12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Spring at the Homestead

    Spring at the Homestead

    04/30/2016 - 05/01/2016

    Bring the whole family to this living history event and discover what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Living history demonstrations include cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, toys and games, candle-dipping, and more. See soldiers camped nearby and witness black powder weapons demonstrations including cannons.

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  • Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail

    Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail

    05/14/2016 - 11/19/2016

    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.


    Saturday, May 14, 2016
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Saturday, November 19, 2016
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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  • Junior Ranger Camp (Ages 7-9 Beginner)

    Junior Ranger Camp (Ages 7-9 Beginner)

    06/14/2016 - 06/17/2016

    In this four-day adventure, we will focus on earning Deer and/or Fox badges and even the Get Outdoors badge by completing activities in the Junior Ranger Handbook. Activities will include nature hikes, animal encounters, canoeing, boating on Lake Allatoona, arts and crafts, and much more!

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  • Harvest Time at the Homestead

    Harvest Time at the Homestead

    09/17/2016 - 09/18/2016

    See apple cider being made with a shredder and a press. Participate in pioneer games. Play with pioneer style toys. See Civil War style cannons and rifles fire. Feel what it was like to be a civilian or a soldier in North Georgia during the Civil War.

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  • Iron Pour

    Iron Pour

    11/19/2016 - 11/19/2016

    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.

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  • Christmas at the Cabin

    Christmas at the Cabin

    12/10/2016 - 12/10/2016

    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.

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