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Hike Red Top Mountain Homestead & Iron Hill

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cartersville   Hike: Hike Red Top Mountain Homestead & Iron Hill  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 10 2018  10:00 am >> Sat, Mar 10 2018 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Feb 23 2018 11:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Mar 7 2018 9:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:9.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Jerry K
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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: 12 / 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.


Join us in hiking at Red Top Mountain. We will hike the Homestead trail and wrap it up with the Iron Hill trail. This hike is listed as exploratory because your leader has not hiked these trails. They are somewhat popular in the club and I'm sure there will be those familiar to help out along the way. 

We will meet at the visitor center at 10am and start our hike promptly. The pace will be moderate, but we will not be in a race, we'll stop to take in the areas ' beauty and enjoy our day. It is possible that we may go over 4hrs depending on the group.


Red Top Mt Website Details 

Homestead Trail

This trail begins at the Visitor Center and is of moderate difficulty. The first section of the trail is a 1 mile section that crosses Lodge Road. Once across the road the trail forms a 3 ½ mile loop that follows along the shores of Lake Allatoona for about half of its length. Overall this trail will take you through forest, across fields, and along the shores of the lake. You will also pass by the chimney of an old homestead home. This hike offers the widest diversity and nicest scenery of all the trails in Red Top


Iron Hill biking and hiking trail

This shared used trail is a ~ 4 mile loop. It passes along the shore of the lake and passes what was once an iron ore mining community. 


The hike may be more than the allotted time with travel between trails. Please allow yourself extra time just in case the estimate is off. 

Required Items to Bring:

good hiking footwear

trail food

proper attire for weather


great attitude 

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:


Red Top Mt. Visitor Center Red Top Mountain - 
Cartersville, GA 30121

Take I- 75 North - Exit 285, Red Top Mtn Rd. 
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.
$5 Parking or pass required. Passes available at local libraries for checkout


Camping will be dependent on weather

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