Red Top Mountain State Park
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-975-4226 | 800-864-7275
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
Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter
Near Interstate Highway
Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Dump Station, Number of Sites, Primitive Camp Sites Available, Pull-thru Sites, RVs Permitted, Tenters Welcome
Suitable for Ages
Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate
03/31/2017 - 04/21/2017
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. You may use our telescope and gazing 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.read more
Chestnuts on an Open Fire
03/31/2017 - 03/31/2017
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.read more
Junior Ranger Spring Break Camp
04/04/2017 - 04/06/2017
Join us for three days of adventure, fun, and exploring. Camp is for kids ages 6 -10. Preregistration required. To register, call 770-975-0055 Monday - Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.read more
04/07/2017 - 04/07/2017
Come join us on the Sweet Gum Trail as we listen for wildlife and seek glowing insects with black light flashlights. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water. No pets please.read more
Archery for Beginners
04/09/2017 - 04/09/2017
Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment needed to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. You'll learn a new skill and get in shape. Must be age 9+ to participate. Register in advance. Program is outdoor and weather permitting.
Sunday, April 9, 2017read more
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Moonlight Egg Hunt
04/14/2017 - 04/14/2017
Enjoy an egg hunt by moonlight with black-light flashlights. We'll supply the flashlights; you seek the rewards. Some eggs will have treats, some will have prizes and there will be a special prize for the participant who finds the Golden Egg. You must call to pre-register and reserve your child's spot no later than April 13. Meet at Picnic Shelter 2. Wear weather appropriate clothing, this program is outdoors and weather permitting.
Friday, April 14, 2017read more
7:30 p.m. - 8:15...
Bats in the Night
04/21/2017 - 04/21/2017
Join us at the Park Office to learn about and spy on bats as they hunt insects in the night. We will begin by learning about bats role in the ecosystem, dangers they face as a species, and what you can do to help. Then stick around as dusk falls to spot some for yourself.
Friday, April 21, 2017read more
7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Hills of Iron & Iron Pour
04/29/2017 - 04/29/2017
Discover the park's iron-mining history by touring an iron mine with a park ranger. Ride leaves every 1/2 hour; some easy hiking is required to explore the mine. Last ride leaves at 11:30 a.m. Meet at Iron Hill parking lot.
10 a.m. -12 p.m. - Ranger-led interpretive tours of the park's historic iron mines.read more
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.- Mining for Minerals program - preregistration required
2 p.m. - Scratch blocks on sale. First come, first serve. Limit one pe...
Kayak the Shores of Red Top
05/05/2017 - 05/26/2017
Join us for a guided paddle along the beautiful Red Top Mountain coast. We'll be enjoying the view, looking for signs of wildlife, and learning the history of Red Top. Bring hat, drinking water, and water shoes. Must be 7 and up to attend. You must pre-register for this event.read more
Makers' Festival of Red Top Mountain
05/20/2017 - 05/20/2017
Enjoy the fun of making a telescope, silk-screening a Makers Festival T-shirt, creating felt art and jewelry or try your hand at making a musical instrument. Bring the children and play on the Travelling Imagination Playground. The Red Top Mountain Makers' Festival will be held at the event field and terrace located behind the old Park Office/Lodge of Red Top Mountain State Park.read more
Junior Ranger Camp, Ages 7-9
06/13/2017 - 06/16/2017
Join a park ranger for a four-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We will be working towards earning the deer badge. Registration required. This event is for ages 7-9. Registration begins May 3. Payment due at time of registration.read more
Junior Ranger Camp, Ages 10-12
06/20/2017 - 06/23/2017
Join a park ranger for a four day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We will be working towards earning a Deer Badge. Registration required, opens May 3, 2017. Reservations will be taken Mon - Thurs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.read more
Junior Ranger Camp: Ages 7-9
07/18/2017 - 07/21/2017
Join a park ranger for a four-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We won't be working towards earning a badge, so this is great for new and returning rangers. Registration required. Registration begins May 3, and will take place Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.read more
Junior Ranger Camp: Ages 10 - 12
07/25/2017 - 07/28/2017
Join a park ranger for a four-day adventure full of learning, crafting, and exploring. We won't be working towards earning a badge, so this is great for new and returning rangers. Registration required. Registration begins May 3, and will be available Monday - Thursday, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.read more
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.read more