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 km²) 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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  • Beautiful lake environment w/something for everyone. I love the paved trail around the lake and lodge w/my dog it's an easy, short and beautiful walk & beautiful view which includes an Outdoor Classro...  more »
  • The state has invested some much-needed funds into improvements, and WOW! is all I can say! A must see!  more »
  • Spent Christmas with the family in a couple little cabins at Red Top Mountain State Park. The staff was very accommodating at check-in, the facilites were rustic, yet clean and charming. The view of t...  more »
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  • This is the place to go and enjoy different outdoor activities, either as a family or with youth groups. I had visited the campgrounds and the park with the youth group I lead several times and it has been a wonderful experience. Red Top Mountain campgrounds are well maintained, they have easy access to hiking trails, its the restrooms are clean and well kept. They have the Americorps team leading some of the activities and classes like Archery. This was our third year attending this class and everybody had a wonderful time. The park is just 50 min away from the Atlanta perimeter, very easy to access any time of the year.
  • Really lovely park. It's a great place to spend the day fishing, picnicking, or laying around in your hammock. There is a beach for swimming when the season is right. It looks nice but I haven't been there. On the weekends, it's not a very peaceful place and parking is limited. Motorboats and children screaming from the beach (in the summer) ruin all the peace and quiet...but not nearly as much as the several very annoying jet-ski riders. Look elsewhere for a quiet retreat. It's $5 to park for the day. There are bathrooms, they are handicap acceptable.
  • A beautiful state park with dense wooded forest, having scenic views of forest, lake, island and plateau. Having wonderful walking trails which opens till evenings, a spacious cottages and many camping grounds, small beaches and last but not least boats, jet-ski, kayaking which u will take for parties, fishing and roaming and watching natural beauties. Its totally fun and watching fall colour is awesome ☺️☺️. You could go there and barbecue and have fun. Nature lovers like it. Lake view is awesome
  • Camped one night at a primitive site with no water/electricity (hook ups are available). There are many great sites right next to the water, but the sites are very close to one another. There's a picnic table, fire pit, and grate for each fire pit, which is great/useful. The bathrooms are heated and in great shape/conditions.
  • Beautiful hike. The trail was well maintained, even if it did kick my butt. There wasn't a lot in the way of wildlife, but it was kind of cold the day that I went, so that may have been a part of it. The park staff are friendly but non-intrusive. I do wish the trail markers were a little more clear, but honestly, this was a really good park.

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