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


  • Saturday History Hike: Iron Hill Trail

    Saturday History Hike: Iron Hill Trail

    08/19/2017 - 08/19/2017

    Join us on this 3.9 mile loop trail to explore the prehistoric through Civil War land usage and history of Bartow County. We will meet in the Iron Hill parking lot just off of Red Top Mountain Rd.

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  • Saturday History Hikes: Lakeside Trail

    Saturday History Hikes: Lakeside Trail

    08/26/2017 - 08/26/2017

    Join us on this .75 mile, stroller friendly, loop trail as we explore the pioneer history of Bartow County. From the Iron Furnace and Casting Shed, to the Historic Vaughn Cabin, to the Blacksmith Shop, we will discuss how settlers and their descendants lived in this area. Meet at the Old Park Office parking lot at 50 Lodge Rd.

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  • Saturday History Hike: Homestead Trail

    Saturday History Hike: Homestead Trail

    09/02/2017 - 09/02/2017

    Join us on a special hike of a section of the Homestead Trail to explore the remains of the original homesteads at Red Top, discuss the relocation and flooding of towns and homes to build Allatoona Lake, how to spot old home sites, and importance of historic preservation. Hike will be approximately 3 miles. Meet at the Old Park Office.

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  • Harvest at the Homestead

    Harvest at the Homestead

    09/16/2017 - 09/17/2017

    Step back in time as talented reenactors bring our authentic 1800s 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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  • Your State Parks Day

    Your State Parks Day

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    Help beautify Red Top Mountain State Park. We will be working to improve one of the most popular amenities at the park - the Outdoor Classroom. We will have projects for all ages. Bring gloves, water, and wear clothes that you can get dirty. Meet at the Outdoor Classroom behind the old Park Office.

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