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


  • Christmas at the Cabin

    Christmas at the Cabin

    12/10/2016 - 12/10/2016

    Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Red Top! Come share your Christmas list, and be sure to bring your camera. We will also have many holiday pioneer activities, crafts, and music! Want to help make someone's holiday a little brighter? Bring a book or educational toy to donate to a child in need. Books can be slightly used, but toys should be new.

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  • Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate

    Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate

    12/16/2016 - 12/30/2016

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

    Friday, Oct 21, 2016
    8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

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  • Chestnuts on an Open Fire

    Chestnuts on an Open Fire

    12/16/2016 - 12/30/2016

    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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  • First Day Fitness Hike on the Sweetgum Trail

    First Day Fitness Hike on the Sweetgum Trail

    01/01/2017 - 01/01/2017

    Set the tone for your entire year with a guided hike on the moderate 3-mile Sweetgum Trail. We'll be taking our time to enjoy nature while learning some easy fitness exercises that cost you nothing and require no equipment. Wear closed toed shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Pets must be leashed.

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  • First Day Hike - Red Top Mountain

    First Day Hike - Red Top Mountain

    01/01/2017 - 01/01/2017

    Start the New Year off on the right foot by exploring Iron Hill on this ranger-led hike through the wooded pathways of the northwest Georgia Iron Industry. Search for our hidden gems from homesteads to iron mines and more.

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