Red Top Mountain State Park
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Introduction

Showcasing the natural beauty of the Lake Allatoona and the iron mining tradition of the Etowah Valley, Red Top Mountain State Park is a perfect RV getaway destination for those exploring the southern states. The park's crown jewel is the exquisite 12,000 acre lake found within the park that is excellent for swimming, fishing and water skiing. Red Top Mountain State Park also has a lot to offer for the RV travelers who love to hike. With more than 15 miles of trails winding through the forested park, you will be thrilled with the different trails that are available to walk, bike and have ample opportunities to take some nature photography.

Red Top Mountain State Park is named after the rich red color of the soil that is in abundance at the park. This soil color is caused by high iron-ore content, and due to this, the park was once an important mining area. If you are lucky, you might visit Red Top Mountain State Park when an iron pour program is being held near the Vaughn Cabin behind the park office. The park also maintains a historically significant battlefield, known as the Allatoona Pass Battlefield. Here you can find well-preserved trenches and earthworks from the battle which occurred during the civil war.

There are 69 campsites available to RV travelers that offer amenities including water hook ups, 50 amp power and disability access. Once you are settled in, go check out the lake!

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Transportation in Red Top Mountain State Park

Driving

Getting to Red Top Mountain State Park is a breeze. If you are coming from Atlanta, take the I-75 to exit 285 (also known as Red Top Mountain Road). From there, go two miles east to Red Top Mountain State Park. After crossing the bridge, you will enter the park where you can check in to the campground. If you are coming from the north around Chattanooga, get on the US-27 South. Take I-75 south to Red Top Mountain Rd. From there, take this road and you will make it to the park. From the east, take the I-75 north to Glade road SE in Bartow County. Keep left and merge onto I-85 south and then exit to 95B toward Chattanooga/Birmingham. Exit toward I-75 N and stay on I-75 north until you see exit 278 for Glade Rd. Turn right onto Glade Rd south east and this will take you to Red Top Mountain State Park.

Parking

There is plenty of parking at the park. If you are travelling with a big rig, there will be enough room for you to pull through on the right once you enter the park.

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Campgrounds and parking in Red Top Mountain State Park

Campsites in Red Top Mountain State Park

Reservations camping

Cartersville / Cassville-White KOA

Cartersville/Cassville-White KOA is 50 miles north of Atlanta, and provides quick access to I-75. Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum is just three miles down the road, and within an hour’s drive destinations like Six Flags Over Georgia and Stone Mountain Park can be reached. After a day of Georgia explorations, relax at Cartersville/Cassville-White KOA with amenities like Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a seasonal pool, or take the pup for a walk in the pet walking area. All sites are pull-through style and can accommodate rigs up to 100 feet.

Red Top Mountain State Park

The Red Top Mountain State Park Campground is open year round and features 69 RV suitable sites that have 50 amp power hook ups. There are three toilet blocks in the campground and cell phone service for all major providers. The campground is quite large and because of this there is enough room for 40ft pull through campers, which sometimes can be hard to find. Also available is a disability access campsite on the eastern side of the campground, which allows access for all to Red Top Mountain State Park. There is a central dump station that is very easy to access and some of the campsites also have direct access to hook up to water. A nice feature to this campground is that is has laundry facilities available, so if you plan on staying for multiple days you can park up and not worry about having to go to a laundromat. Check-in for the campground is strictly 1PM.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Red Top Mountain State Park

In-Season

Fishing

The lake is also a magnificent fishing destination and is the largest of 11 public fishing areas in Bartow County. There are multiple different spots you can fish at within the lake, including from the banks, docks and from a boat if you bring one or rent one. Most anglers are searching for that prised trophy bass when casting a line but you can also find catfish, crappie or blue gill swimming in the lake's fresh water. Remember that in Georgia, ages 16 and older must have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in freshwater and saltwater.

Swimming

If you don't fancy yourself as a water skier that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the water! The lake at Red Top Mountain State Park is perfect for cooling off and swimming the hot summer day away. There is a sandy swimming beach nestled in a cove on the lake, which is surrounded by trees. It's well worth checking it out, as this spot makes a great place to relax before and after you go swimming.

Water Skiing

Red Top Mountain State Park is a dream for those of you who love to water ski. There is no shortage of space to ski on the lake due to its gigantic size. If you want to get out on the water but aren't traveling with a boat, don't fret. Red Top Mountain State Park permits bringing in your own boat or renting one, which are available at nearby marinas or within the park.

Off-Season

Biking

The Iron Hill Bike Trail is a must if you are a biker. This scenic trail is four miles in length and has a loop to take you along the banks of the lake. On the ride you will pass through a historic area that was once home to an active iron mining community in the mid 1800s. During the ride you will have the opportunity to observe both native wildlife and a profusion of native plants. If you didn't bring a bike, you can rent one from the visitor center.

Geocaching

Red Top Mountain State Park is a great place to try out geocaching. Geocaching combines online games with the old-school fun of a treasure hunt. It’s the perfect activity for families and groups of all ages, and all you need to play is a smartphone. Within Red Top Mountain State Park there are containers (also known as “caches”) which contain a small prize. Once you find the location, you take the prize and then leave a prize for the next players so the cycle continues. We recommend doing some geocaching if you are looking for another way to make trail walking even funner.

Hiking

Once the weather gets a little too chilly to swim, there are many opportunities to explore Red Top Mountain State Park on foot. There are over 15 miles of trails that wind through the forested park. The varying lengths of the trails allows for people of all ages to go and explore. If you are looking for a light track there is a short paved trail behind the park office that is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Take the trail and you will find a reconstructed 1860s homestead. For the more adventurous, the Iron Hill Trail is open to both hikers and bikers and offers stunning views of the lake’s shoreline.

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