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


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    20th Annual Haunted Halloween Hayrides

    10/21/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Join us on this special anniversary for a spooky ride through the forests of Ravenwood. Hayrides are followed by storytelling and snacks. Tours start at 7 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., and 9 p.m. Reservations are required at FriendsofRedTop.org. Tickets go on sale September 15 and will sell out quickly.

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  • Archery for Beginners

    Archery for Beginners

    10/21/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need. Spaces are limited, so call to pre-register now. Must be 9 and up to participate. Meet at the Old Park Office, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102. Bad weather can cancel or reschedule this program.

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  • “That’s Not Scary” Hike

    “That’s Not Scary” Hike

    10/21/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Come join an AmeriCorps Ranger for a hike on the Sweet Gum Trail Loop as we go over "scary" animals and other "€œscary" things. Come for this hike to learn the truth behind these scary beings and discover how they are not so scary at all. We will be starting near the old Park Office. The hike is 0.75 miles and is a moderate trail.

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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