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Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville

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Red Top Mountain State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is located in the northwestern part of the state, on the northwestern edge of metro Atlanta, in southeastern Bartow County near Cartersville. Named for iron-rich Red Top Mountain, the park covers 1,776 acres (6.32 kmĀ²) on a peninsula jutting north into Lake Allatoona, formed on the park's north and east sides by the Etowah River arm and on the west by Allatoona Creek arm.During the 1864 Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War, the Battle of Allatoona Pass was fought on a battlefield near the park. (The battle of Allatoona Pass National Historical Registry Marker is across Lake Allatoona on the south side, off Allatoona Road, or the Emerson exit off Interstate 75.) The park's main popularity however comes from being near Atlanta, and just off Interstate 75. It is one of the most-visited parks in the state. A modern lodge was constructed in 1985, but closed, along with the restaurant and conference rooms, June 30, 2010 due to statewide budget cuts.
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  • Even though there are many, many sites encircling Lake Allatoona, this one has it all - swimming beach, camping, hiking, a little free library, miniature golf, and a Civil War Battle area. The beach i...  more »
  • We had one afternoon to visit the State park. It was a beautiful day do we had lunch in a wooded area overlooking the lake. We then drove to the marina and made a last minute decision to rent a boat t...  more »
  • Spent a night here mid-week. It was lovely. Super easy late check-in with an envelope waiting for us. Clean restroom and spacious campsite. Red Top mtn. Has non-site specific reservations so it might ...  more »
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  • Love this place. Great little beach with bathrooms (no lifeguard). Tons of parking tons of picnic areas. Small but adequate playgrounds (mostly slides). Mini golf! Great views!
  • Very nice little park. I did the Iron Hill trail in late afternoon in May and it was really nice. Its a 4 mile long wide, flat trail that winds through the south western section of the park. Very easy to walk and they allow mountain bicycles too! The views along the shore are great.
  • Great place to enjoy a relaxing day at the lake. Downside is parking is not free, and they only accept cash (who still carries cash??) I was lucky enough that someone gave me their parking pass as they were leaving. All was awesome except the outdated payment methods.
  • Really good place for camping, recreation, swimming, boating and other relaxing. The bridge cross the lake give you unbelievable scenes. I like it very much. Also it is not too far from downtown, about half an hour
  • Love this park. Trails are are well kept and marked. Great for a casual stroll with kids or a trail run. Great place to be in the woods that is close to Atlanta.