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Red Top Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge   Hike: Red Top Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 30 2017  8:30 am >> Sat, Sep 30 2017 1:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Sep 22 2017 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Sep 30 2017 8:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:13 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please come and enjoy the trails on and around Red Top Mountain - we will hike approx. 13 miles on the Sweet Gum Trail, Homestead Trail, White Tail Trail and  the Iron Hill Trail.  13 miles - 5 hours is approximate - may be over/under on time and mileage - not a fast paced hike - approx. 2 1/2 mph 

This locale was requested by AOC member Christa who would love to explore Red Top and I am more than happy to oblige.

Meet at Red Top Mtn State Park & Lodge (Park Office).  At 8:30 our hike will start and we will hike out of the parking lot by starting on the Sweetgum Trail which will connect with the Homestead Trail.  The White Tail Trail is a very short trail but has some beautiful views of Lake Allatoona.  We will then hike down the campground trail and around the Iron Hill Trail loop.(there may be bicycle traffic on the Iron Hill Trail but trail is wide and plenty of room for both hikers and bikers)

These trails have some elevation but I take hills slow and easy. We will hike at a moderate pace and take a few very brief water breaks and one slighty extended break (about 15 min) at around noon for a quick lunch/snack somewhere along the trail.

NOT A FAST HIKE - not quite leisurely either - a nice, comfortable pace

D4 rating due to the mileage (not speed or elevation) if you can go the distance you can do this hike!!!

See notes below regarding parking and restrooms

Required Items to Bring:

good hiking boots/shoes
GA State Parks pass or CASH $5.00

water and snacks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking pole(s)



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Meet at the Red Top Mtn State Park & Lodge (Park Office) 21 Lodge Road SE, Cartersville, GA 30121

From Atlanta, take I-75 Northbound to exit #285. Go right (east) on Red Top Mountain Road SE and cross Lake Allatoona. Make a Left onto Park Marina Rd. Then Right at Lodge Rd SE. Park at Red Top Mtn State Park and Lodge. Note: We are NOT meeting at the Visitor's Center.


Georgia State Parks require a parking pass.  You can buy a daily pass ($5.00) or annual pass at the park office, where we will start the hike.

There are also restrooms at the Visitor's Center which we will pass about 2/3 of the way through the hike and stop if anyone needs to refill their water or take a bathroom break. (currently the lodge is closed and restrooms are only available at the visitor's center - which is not where we will park and begin the hike) please plan appropriately.


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