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Saturday Afternoon Hike: Iron Hill Trail at Red Top Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Red Top Mountain State Park, at the Park Office parking lot   Hike: Saturday Afternoon Hike: Iron Hill Trail at Red Top Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 4 2017  2:00 pm >> Sat, Nov 4 2017 4:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 2 2017 1:07 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Nov 4 2017 1:07 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:3.8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chris L
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:18
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Come Saturday, we'll take a lesiurely walk along the banks of Lake Altoona on the Iron Hill trail. This scenic loop trail winds along the banks of Lake Allatoona through a historic area that once was home to an active iron mining community in the mid 1800s. Along the way we will have the opportunity to observe both native wildlife and a profusion of native plants (hopefully) in their Fall splendor. The trail is 3.8 miles long and has a gravel surface, so please wear appropriate footwear. Atlanta Trails says: This scenic adventure explores the meandering shoreline of Lake Allatoona on the southern end of Red Top Mountain State Park in North Georgia. And though it’s around half of the distance compared to the popular Homestead Loop at Red Top Mountain, the Iron Hill Loop packs easily double the scenic lakeside beauty in a fraction of the length. It’s a view- packed trail, catching view after stunning lake view throughout the hike.

Required Items to Bring:

Sensible shoes


Rain gear (just in case)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Sense of humor

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

from Atlanta:

Take I-75 NORTH to exit #285 (Red Top Mountain Rd.)

At the bottom of the ramp, turn RIGHT

Follow the road for approx. 1.5 miles, across Lake Allatoona, to the Visitor Center

The Visitor Center will be on the left side of Red Top Mountain Road, a few yards after passing the beginning of Marina Road to your left.

We will meet at the park office and then drive a short distance to the trailhead.


The Park Visitor Center does not have a street number assigned to it. If you use the State Park address - 50 Lodge Road - you will end up at the lodge, which is the wrong place!

If you do not have a Georgia State Park Parking Pass, the parking fee is $5.00 per car.

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