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Stop and Smell the Roses - Iron Hill Lakeside Loop Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Iron Hill Trail Head Parking Lot   Hike: Stop and Smell the Roses - Iron Hill Lakeside Loop Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 7 2019  9:00 am >> Sat, Dec 7 2019 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Sun, Dec 1 2019 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Dec 7 2019 7:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike C
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


 Welcome to my Second Stop and Smell the Roses Hike. These are intended to be a series of slower moderate paced hikes varying from D1 to D4 depending on the venue. The hike venues will be specifically chosen for their photographic views. So, if you know nothing about photography or are an advanced amateur or higher join me for this hike. Bring you camera, phone, or video camera; we will be stopping so that we may share our love for capturing nature and teaching others how we did it. There should be time for lots of pictures, two to three-minute videos, and digital recording of nature’s sounds. Due to this these hikes will be a little longer in time than equivalent hikes. IF, YOU WANT A FAST-PACED HIKE PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP. Others that may enjoy this hike are those wanting a slow-paced hike with frequent stops.

Hike Plan:  We will meet at the Park Visitor Center, with restrooms.After introducing at the Visitor Center we'll caravan in our vehicles about 1 mile southward to the gravel Iron Hill parking lot and trailhead (on the right) where we'll park again and reconvene for the hike. We follow the trail in clockwise direction taking all spurs so that we get the great views of the lake that will be occurring this time of year and both distance and elevation.

 Brief History of the Iron Hill Area:  Iron mining here goes back to before the American Revolution. Several attempts were made between the mid-1700s and 1837, all ending in failure.  Jacob and Moses established the first furnace (a "bloomery") on Stamp Creek that year.  Known as Etowah Bloomary, this forge was replaced in 1841. Mark Cooper bought the mill in 1843 and founded the the city of Etowah.  Because of its ability to produce iron, the city was a major target of the Union Army during General Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. General Jacob Cox took the city as temporary commander of the XXIII Corps, Army of the Ohio, on May 26, 1864 after a brief battle. The destroyed city of Etowah was never rebuilt.



Iron Mining Pit located on the trail.

Riddle:  Why is Red Top Mountain RED? (Hint:  The answer is in both the Event Title and the Picture above.



Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes and water 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking pole or poles and a snack

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
From the I-75/ I-285 Interchange in NW metro Atlanta:

1.  Take I-75 North about 25 miles (beyond Marietta and Woodstock) to Exit #285, "Red Top Mountain Road."
2.  Exit I-75 to your right, turn right onto Red Top Mtn Road, and drive about 1.9 miles to the State Park Visitor Center/ Trading Post on your left.  GPS users can enter "659 Red Top Mtn Rd" as your destination address.  

PARKING PASSES:  Each driver is responsible for paying the $5 per vehicle per day self-service State Park parking fee (or displaying instead from your rear-view mirror a valid annual GA-DNR parking pass - available for sale at the park Visitor Center).



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