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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 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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  • Took a quick trip here as a nature getaway while at a sporting event at nearby Lake Point. We all loved the Sweet Gum trail and it's close proximity to the water. Stopped and looked at minnows, skippe...  more »
  • I arrived in Cartersville early last Sunday and it was a perfect day for a hike. My hotel recommended The Iron Hill Trail in Red Top Mountain State Park. The park is easy to find, right off I 75 . I h...  more »
  • I decided to check out Red Top one bright Saturday morning in February, with blue skies and 60-degree temperatures. Face it, you don’t get many days like that in this region. This may be the most easi...  more »
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  • We were blown away by how nice the cabins were! They had everything we needed. The cabins came with cookware, dishes, linens, and a few cleaning supplies. Everything was clean and the furniture was very comfortable. It rained all weekend so we did not get a chance to go outside much, but the cabins were so nice we didn't mind too much. They even come with TVs and limited cable. As far as the actual park, again, we did not get a chance to really spend time outside due to rain, but everything seemed beautiful. This is definitely one of the nicer state parks I've been to.
  • The park has a very 50s feel, with lots of cabins and small trails and picnic tables everywhere. When I arrived the rangers at the visitor center were very friendly and helped me find a good trail to go on with my girlfriend. The trails were clean and free of debris. NOTE for parents: there are a lot of run down buildings in the park that are taped off. Watch your kids
  • Nice Campground with spacious sites. Nice hiking trails....but hard to find parking. We came late at night on a holiday weekend and still ended up with a nice 40ft spot on lake! Ended up buying an annual parking pass! We will be back. The lake is down a lot, so we will be back when it's full, but still fun!
  • The park is well maintained and managed. They have many events for everyone in the family. Great place to bring the kids for good quality family time.
  • If you like to camp with lots of room between campsites in a beautiful forest, then this is the place for you. While leveling the trailer took a little work, we had all the necessary equipment to get it done right. We had a beautiful site, #17 and lots of space. The park presence was there, but never intrusive. The bathrooms were clean and functional. The one at the entrance is really nice. The washing machines and dryers are new and the room is really nice. The campground is laid out to respect privacy and you really get a feeling of camping here. The lake was way down because of the drought, but it is beautiful. The trails are well marked and well maintained. It is a delightful state park. We really appreciated the cable hookups. Bob ended up getting sick and having something to watch all day was a real plus for him. We have never had cable before in a campground. We hope to return again and try out the lake with the kayaks.