Historic High Country / Cartersville

Allatoona Lake Visitor Center & Museum

1138 State Rt. 20 Spur NE
Cartersville, GA 30121


Recreation abounds around 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona. Bring your own boat or rent houseboats, pontoons and ski boats at one of four area marinas in Cartersville. Choose from more than 600 lakeside campsites, accommodating RVs and tent campers. Enjoy pristine hiking trails and picnic areas. The Corps of Engineers Visitor Center at the top of the dam portrays regional history and natural resources. Open daily year-round.

Packed with information on the Army Corps of Engineers, the Civil War, a multimedia presentation on the building of Allatoona Lake, scenic overlooks and hiking trails, this is an excellent stop for any visitor to the Cartersville area.

The museum tells the story of the origins of the Corps of Engineers beginning with the creation of the position of Chief Engineer during Revolutionary War. At the end of the Revolution the position was abolished, but was reestablished shortly after the signing of the Constitution. The Center features video exhibits and displays about the area's history, ranging from the time of early Indians - to the gold mining and iron making days - to the present.

The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM between April-September, and from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, October-March.  Admission is free.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee $0.00


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch

    Free Parking

    Maps & Brochures Available

    Parking on Site

    Picnic Area

    Public Restrooms

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Information/Services Provided


    Welcome Center

    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages