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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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

    05/06/2016 - 07/29/2016

    Join us on Friday evenings at Red Top Mountain to observe the stars above us. Telescopes on hand, bring your own equipment as well. We will learn about well-known constellations. Meet at the Visitor's Center by 8:15 pm to sign in. We will carpool to the Park Office/Lodge at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket, binoculars & a flashlight with red light.

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  • Hills of Iron

    Hills of Iron

    05/07/2016 - 05/07/2016

    Discover the park's iron-mining history by touring an iron mine with a park ranger, visiting our blacksmith, etching a scratch block, and watching an iron pour. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2 p.m. Supplies are limited. Limit one per person. The line forms early! Iron pour starts at 6 p.m.

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  • Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners

    Atlanta Audubon: Birding For Beginners

    05/07/2016 - 05/21/2016

    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.

    Saturday, May 7, 2016
    8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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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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  • Red Top Mountain Makers Festival

    Red Top Mountain Makers Festival

    05/21/2016 - 05/21/2016

    Experience the First Makers Festival in a Georgia State Park. Makers present will be: jewelers, wood workers, a telescope maker, soapstone carver, print maker, bat box builder, cider maker and many more. Following the Festival, enjoy Bluegrass music at the Vaughn Cabin, above the Makers Field. Pack a picnic and enjoy makers and music on this festive day.

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  • Mountain Music Series

    Mountain Music Series

    05/21/2016 - 07/30/2016

    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!

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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!

    Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 until Friday, Jun 17, 2016 (10 AM to 3 PM)

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  • Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail

    Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail

    09/10/2016 - 09/10/2016

    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.

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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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