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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  • Hiking

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  • Iron Pour

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  • Cottage

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  • Red Top Mountain fishing

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  • Group Shelter

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  • Boat Docks & Marina

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  • Campground

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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) & Iced Lemonade

    Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Iced Lemonade

    09/02/2016 - 08/18/2017

    Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. We will have binoculars on hand or you may bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:45 p.m. and we will carpool to the 'gazing location.

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  • Archery for Beginners

    Archery for Beginners

    09/03/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must pre-pay to pre-register. Meet at the Park Office 5 minutes early. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society: Discover the Birds of Red Top

    Atlanta Audubon Society: Discover the Birds of Red Top

    09/04/2016 - 09/04/2016

    Bring your binoculars and join us for a bird walk at the park. A member of the Atlanta Audubon Society will lead an easy 1 mile hike on the paved Lakeside trail. Great for birders of any experience level. We will supply some binoculars for those without. Program is outdoors and weather permitting. Bring water and a hat.

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  • Pokemon Go, for a Hike

    Pokemon Go, for a Hike

    09/04/2016 - 09/11/2016

    Americorps rangers believe gaming is more fun with a friend. Join us at the Iron Hill parking lot for this 3-mile (4.8 km) hike to hit some stops, learn the history of Red Top, identify some trees, and maybe see some wildlife. Bring appropriate walking shoes and water; dogs are welcome.

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  • Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail

    Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Homestead Trail

    09/10/2016 - 09/10/2016

    Join a ranger as we investigate the mysteries of the Homestead trail. Old homestead sites, road beds, moonshine distilleries and more paint a picture of life years ago. This is a moderate 4-mile hike exploring the hidden gems of Homestead Trail. Wear appropriate hiking clothes and bring water. Dogs welcome, but this isn't a good trail for strollers or young children.

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  • Harvest Time at the Homestead

    Harvest Time at the Homestead

    09/17/2016 - 09/18/2016

    Step back in time to the 1800s and experience the lives of citizens and soldiers. Living history demonstrators bring our historic log cabin to life as they demonstrate crafts and daily activities. Try your hand at woodworking, blacksmithing, candle dipping and more. Stop by the Civil War camp and visit with soldiers. See black powder weapons fired.

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  • Outdoor Classroom Workday - Your State Parks Day

    Outdoor Classroom Workday - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Volunteers of all ages are needed for several projects for the Outdoor Classroom. We will be improving existing features, working on new projects, and beautifying the area. Bring gloves, water, and wear clothes you can get dirty! We will meet at the Outdoor Classroom (behind the Park Office). Sponsored by Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park.

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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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  • Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail

    Hidden Gem Series: Secrets of Iron Hill Trail

    11/19/2016 - 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.

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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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