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


    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

    01/27/2017 - 01/27/2017

    Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. You may use our 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.

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  • Chestnuts on an Open Fire

    Chestnuts on an Open Fire

    01/27/2017 - 01/27/2017

    We will find out how the American Chestnut was lost to Appalachian Forests and new efforts underway to restore the Mighty American Chestnut Tree - all the while roasting chestnuts around the open fire. Bring your own marshmallows. Meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Walk Through Time on Iron Hill

    Walk Through Time on Iron Hill

    01/28/2017 - 01/28/2017

    Join us on a ranger-led historic/geology hike on Iron Hill. A billion years in the making; take a geology hike on the beautiful Iron Hill Trail. Visit the Iron Pits and Ochre outcrops while learning how three physiographic provinces came together to form the mineral rich formations.

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  • Archery for Beginners

    Archery for Beginners

    01/29/2017 - 01/29/2017

    Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must call the Park Office to pre-register. Meet at the Park Office 5 minutes early. The program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.

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  • Snakes, Skins and Scales

    Snakes, Skins and Scales

    01/29/2017 - 01/29/2017

    Have you ever wondered why snakes' skin and scales look the way they do? Come see a live snake and learn what makes these beautiful creatures so unique. Afterwards, stick around for a fun craft. Meet at the picnic tables near the outdoor classroom.

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  • Wilderness Survival

    Wilderness Survival

    01/29/2017 - 01/29/2017

    Fire building, wilderness survival kits, and shelter building are all important skills to know when trekking in the woods. Join us to learn these lessons hands-on and ask a ranger any questions you might have! Meet at the picnic tables near the outdoor classroom.

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  • Back Yard Bird Count and Hike

    Back Yard Bird Count and Hike

    02/19/2017 - 02/19/2017

    We will look for resident birds and winter 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. Bring binoculars and comfortable walking shoes.

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  • Hills of Iron and Iron Pour

    Hills of Iron and Iron Pour

    03/18/2017 - 03/18/2017

    Ranger-led interpretive tours of the park's historic iron mines wil be held from 10 a.m - 12 p.m. Ride leaves every 1/2 hour. Some easy hiking is required to explore the mine. The last ride leaves at 11:30 a.m. Meet at Iron Hill parking lot.

    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.- Yard Games (corn hole, Viking chess, and other pioneer games.) Behind Park Office.

    2 p.m. - Scratch blocks go on sale. While supplies last, limit one per person. $10 for a 5x5 scratch mold. Supplies sell quickly, and the l... read more

  • Harvest at the Homestead

    Harvest at the Homestead

    09/16/2017 - 09/18/2017

    Step back in time as talented reenactors bring our authentic 1800's 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.

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