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Red Top Mountain Scramble: Mars Experience!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cartersville, GA   Hike: Red Top Mountain Scramble:  Mars Experience!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 12 2019  10:00 am >> Sat, Jan 12 2019 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Dec 27 2018 11:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 12 2019 9:17 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


With Lake Allatoona being in a low pool state, the exposed red clay and rocks along the shoreline make it look like the Mars rover has landed and is beaming back surface photos!  It is quite beautiful.  Be advised:   by hiking on the shoreline we will be stepping on and scrambling over rocks of various sizes, climbing over some downed trees, and potentially avoiding some mud.  If it has rained a lot in the past 24 hours, we may not hike much on the shoreline and will just go back to the regular trails.  Also, a lot of the time we will be walking sideways across the embankment of the shore.  The park staff say this is a great hike and we are welcome to hike the shoreline.  Hope to see you!

There is a normal $5 parking fee at Georgia State Parks.  But, there are many options related to fee payment such as senior discounts, annual passes, and library parking loaner cards. 

Go here for fee info

Here's a map of our hike plan

Red Top Mountain State Park Info

Required Items to Bring:



long pants

Recommended Items to Bring:
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trekking poles


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659 Red Top Mountain Rd SE, Cartersville, GA 30121

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