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Lollipop Loops - Homestead Trail at Red Top Mtn.

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cartersville, GA   Hike: Lollipop Loops - Homestead Trail at Red Top Mtn.  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 2 2016  1:00 pm >> Sat, Jan 2 2016 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 12:30 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Dec 29 2015 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 2 2016 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tricia S.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Start off your new year right, instead of sitting at home eating lollipops, join me for a moderate to fast paced hike. We will start at The Park Office formerly the Lodge & Restaurant at Red Top Mountain State Park. From there we will follow the yellow blazes for a 3.5 mile loop which is also referred to as the lollipop. But wait...we are not done yet after completing the top portion of the lollipop we will turn back and hike it in the reverse direction, for a total of 7 miles. These loops follow along the shores of Lake Allatoona for a good bit and through forest for the rest. This hike offers the widest diversity and nicest scenery of all the trails at redtop.

We will be moving at a 3.0 to 3.5 MPH average pace (20 minutes or less per mile).

All cars must have a Georgia State Park annual pass or pay $5 at the parking lot.  If you prefer not driving alone all the way to the trailhead, feel free to join us at 12:30 PM for carpooling at the “Busbee Park & Ride” near I-75 Exit #271.  It’s about 15 miles south of the I-75 Park exit - see directions to that convenient free lot below.  This has the extra advantage of allowing you to avoid paying the entire $5 parking fee yourself if you don’t have a pass.  Many of our AOC hiker/drivers do have the DNR’s annual parking pass.


Required Items to Bring:

Hiking or athletic shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

50 Lodge Rd SE, Cartersville, GA 30121

  • Take exit 285 from I-75 North.
  • Go east on Red Top Mountain Road. Proceed approximately .5 miles and go over bridge.
  • Go approximately another .5 miles and left onto Park Marina Road.
  • Approximately .5 miles and right onto Lodge Road (this one is easy to miss)


The GPS Coordinates for the Park Office:
34.15457, -84.70266


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):35Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 12:30 pm
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $14.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


If you are meeting at the event please arrive by 12:50

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.