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Gentle Hike around Red Top Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Red Top Mtn State Park, about 25 miles NW of Atlanta   Hike:  Gentle Hike around Red Top Mountain   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 16 2016  10:00 am >> Sat, Jan 16 2016 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 14 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 16 2016 9:30 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Named for the soil's rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, Red Top Mountain was once an important mining area for iron. We will be hiking the 5.5 mile Homestead Trail which starts at the front porch of the park Visitor Center taking us into some beautiful areas of the park.   Before returning back to the visitor center we will loop along the shore of the lovely Lake Allatoona which was created in the 1950s by the damming of the Etowah River. There are several elevations along the way to make this a solid D2 so be prepared for some climbing.  Will limit the number of dogs to two.  

Required Items to Bring:

Water, hiking boots or shoes appropriate for hiking

When parking be prepared to pay $5.00 cash per vehicle or display a current GA State Parks annual parking pass.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles, camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:


- Take I-75 North and get off at Exit 185, "Red Top Mtn Rd." (This exit is about 25 miles north of the I-75/ I-285 interchange in NW Atlanta).
- Turn Right onto Red Top Mtn Rd and go about 2 miles to the Red Top Mountain State Park Visitor Center & store on your left.  (En route you'll cross an old bridge over a portion of Lake Allatoona.)
- We'll gather on the front porch of the Visitor Center after parking in the adjoining lot.  (Drivers make sure you've paid the daily parking fee in a self-service envelope or displayed your annual GA-DNR parking pass.)
GPS users:  Latitude 34.14806  Longitude -84.70704

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