Travel an hour northwest of Atlanta, straight up I75 to Cartersville, and Red Top Mountain State Park. You’ll be close to home, but you will feel a world away at Red Top Mountain State Park. A quick refreshing getaway awaits you in one of Georgia’s beautiful naturalistic settings.
Red Top Mountain State Park offers camping, cottages, and a lodge. Make reservations early for the lodge and cabins. There are 18 cottages, 92 campsites, 2 pioneer campsites, and only 33 rooms in the lodge. The beauty and serenity of Red Top Mountain is not a secret and reservations are limited. Citizen of Atlanta and Chattanooga will be competing for reservations. Reservations can be made online at gastateparks.org.
That is actually a good thing. Limited reservations means limited noise pollution and interaction with other campers. Hey, you wanted to get away didn’t you? Red Top Mountain is full of wildlife, not people. It may be the most relaxing getaway within an hour of Atlanta, not to mention among the most affordable.
What will you do when you get to Red Top Mountain State Park? It’s up to you to decide how you want to spend your weekend getaway. There are plenty of activities from which to choose.
Red Top Mountain is a 12,000 acre state park on Lake Allatoona, northwest of Atlanta. Lake Allatoona is perfect for swimming. Although water levels have not returned to normal, due to the extensive drought in 2007, water levels are up enough for swimming and boating. Bring your own boat or rent a boat from Park Marine. Don’t forget your fishing lure. Fishing Lake Allatoona is a popular pastime. There are great places to fish from shore. You’ll catch fish and love the view.
There is no horsepower placed on boating in Lake Allatoona. Skiers and boaters alike appreciate the freedom to cruise the lake. Please, exercise caution because of the number of boats, jet skis, and swimmers on the lake.
If you are looking for peace and quiet take a hike on the twelve miles of hiking trails that wind through the 12,000 mountain park. Trails vary in difficulty. Along the way you may find the restored 1860’s log cabin. You’ll definitely run into deer, squirrel, and maybe another varmint or two. The proliferation of deer in the park is amazing.
Check at the park entrance and small store for a schedule of guided, interpretive tours.
Bikes are allowed in the park if that is your preference to hiking. There is a 4 mile biking trail known as the Iron Hill Trail. The name probably gives away the level of difficulty. While I like to mountain bike, this trail is to rough for me. Biking enthusiasts will love it.
Red Top Mountain is a relaxing, quick getaway from Atlanta any weekend of the year!
Red Top Mountain State Park
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