Historic High Country / Cartersville

Red Top Mountain State Park

659 Red Top Mountain Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30121

770-975-4226 | 800-864-7275
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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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    75

    Site Information

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals

    Dump Station

    Number of Sites: 92

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Pull-thru Sites

    RVs Permitted

    Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • November Night Hikes at Red Top

    November Night Hikes at Red Top

    11/18/2017 - 11/25/2017

    Come explore the park after dark! Learn about creatures of the night as we look and listen to the nightlife of Red Top. Meet at 50 Lodge Road for this family friendly hike. Plan for two hour walk; trails vary, about 1.5 - 2 miles. Remember your water and flashlight, dress appropriately. Hike will be canceled in event of inclement weather.

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  • Park Fun Run

    Park Fun Run

    11/21/2017 - 11/29/2017

    Lace up your shoes and come run with us. Meet at the Iron Hill trail head for a preplanned 3.3 mile scenic run or create your own longer/ shorter route. Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities are welcome.

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  • Stars of Red Top

    Stars of Red Top

    11/24/2017 - 12/01/2017

    Join AmeriCorps Rangers on Friday evenings as we observe the stars above us and hear stories about the constellations. Star charts will be on hand, and feel free to bring your own stargazing equipment. We also recommend bringing a blanket to lie on and a flashlight. Meet behind the Old Park Office, 50 Lodge Rd. SE, Acworth, GA 30102.

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  • Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    12/01/2017 - 12/01/2017

    Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike. Four-legged friends are welcome! Meet at the White Tail Trail in front of the old park office. The White Tail Trail is one of seven trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub.

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  • Christmas at the Cabin

    Christmas at the Cabin

    12/02/2017 - 12/02/2017

    Join us for yuletide celebrations at our historic Vaughan Log Cabin. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here, so be sure to bring your camera. There will many pioneer activities for the entire family! Help decorate our tree, play games, and make pioneer crafts. Santa leaves to feed his reindeer at 2:30 p.m., but activities will continue until 4 p.m.

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  • Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    Tails on Trails Dog Hike

    12/08/2017 - 12/08/2017

    Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike. Four-legged friends are welcome! Meet at the White Tail Trail in front of the old park office. The White Tail Trail is one of seven trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub.

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  • First Day History Hike on Iron Hill Trail

    First Day History Hike on Iron Hill Trail

    01/01/2018 - 01/01/2018

    Start the New Year off on the right foot by exploring Iron Hill on this ranger-led hike through the wooded pathways of the northwest Georgia iron industry. Search for our hidden gems from homesteads to iron mines and more. Consider bringing water and snacks for your journey. We will meet in the Iron Hill parking lot.

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  • George Washington Carver Park Memories Day

    George Washington Carver Park Memories Day

    02/24/2018 - 02/24/2018

    This annual celebration recalls the fond memories created by many families across the southeast at Georgia's first state park for African Americans, established in 1950 on Allatoona Lake near Cartersville. The public is invited to see new renovations and historic interpretation made possible by grants from Explore Georgia Tourism, as well as share their photographs and memorabilia from early days at The Beach. This year's celebration will also feature the African American Quilt Project led by... read more