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: 92

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Pull-thru Sites

    RVs Permitted

    Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Junior Ranger Camp at Red Top

    Junior Ranger Camp at Red Top

    06/19/2018 - 07/17/2018

    Junior Rangers are a great way to get outdoors. Each camp is 4 days of hiking, adventure, crafts, outdoor skills, and more. Camps are Tuesday - Friday in June and July, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. There are 4 camp sessions. Call 770-975-0055 to register. Registration is available Mondays -Thursdays from 9 - 5 p.m. starting April 2, while space is available.

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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  • Get Outdoors Days in the Outdoor Classroom

    Get Outdoors Days in the Outdoor Classroom

    06/23/2018 - 06/30/2018

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun in the Outdoor Classroom, located along the beautiful shores of Lake Allatoona. Make music, build forts, paint, craft with a ranger, and more. Great for kids of all ages.

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  • Summer Movie Nights at Red Top

    Summer Movie Nights at Red Top

    06/23/2018 - 07/28/2018

    Enjoy a movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. Fun for the whole family! All movies are rated G or PG. Bring a towel, lawn chairs, and snacks. Movie will take place at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3. Events will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

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  • AmeriCorps First Time Camper Program

    AmeriCorps First Time Camper Program

    06/23/2018 - 06/23/2018

    Never gone camping in a state park before? Or has it been awhile since your last camping trip? This is your opportunity to go camping at Red Top Mountain State Park for a night and see what it is all about. Fun activities, use of camping equipment, 1-night camping accommodation, and ranger guidance is provided. Call the park office Monday through Thursday to register.

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  • Harvest at the Homestead

    Harvest at the Homestead

    09/15/2018 - 09/16/2018

    Join us for two days of pioneering fun. We will have live music, crafts, games, weapons demonstrations and more. All activities will take place at the Vaughn Log Cabin, located behind the old Park Office.

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  • Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered

    Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered

    10/06/2018 - 10/07/2018

    Reenactors will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the battle during this weekend-long event. There will be tactical reenactments, confederate and federal living history, and weapon demonstrations. Event takes place at Allatoona Pass Historic Site; Exit 283 on Highway 75. No admission fee or registration. Event may be canceled for bad weather.

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  • Haunted Halloween Hayrides

    Haunted Halloween Hayrides

    10/12/2018 - 10/27/2018

    Join us at the Iron Hill Trailhead to take a hayride through spook-riddled Ravenwood! This is the 21st annual fundraiser for Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park. Rides are spooky, not scary. Pre-registration required at friendsofredtop.org. Tickets go on sale September 15 and sell out quickly. Rides are followed by stories and snacks.

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  • Iron Pour at Red Top

    Iron Pour at Red Top

    11/17/2018 - 11/17/2018

    Red Top's signature event, the Iron Pour, is back in this celebration of the area's rich history and mining traditions! Meet us at the Casting Shed, behind the old Park Office. Scratch blocks on sale at 2 p.m.; limit 1 per person, while supplies last. Iron Pour begins at 6 p.m. No admission fee or registration. All vehicles must display park pass.

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  • Christmas at the Cabin

    Christmas at the Cabin

    12/01/2018 - 12/01/2018

    Join us for yuletide celebrations in pioneer style! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, so be sure to bring your camera and cheer. We will have holiday crafts, pioneer toys and games, live music, and more! Event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

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