Vineyard Mountain Trails - Fri, Nov 1 2019

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Vineyard Mountain Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Vineyard Mountain, Cartersville, GA   Hike: Vineyard Mountain Trails   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 1 2019  10:00 am >> Fri, Nov 1 2019 12:45 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 29 2019 3:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 1 2019 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Holt Ward
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let’s hike Vineyard Mountain.  Located near Red Top Mountain State Park and Cartersville, this hike is an excellent workout.  Along the way we will explore areas which were previously mined for iron ore back in the heyday for the nearby iron furnaces.  

We will be starting at the Vineyard Mountain trailhead off Red Top Mountain Road.  The trailhead is located on the left side of the road immediately before crossing the Bethany Bridge which marks the entrance to Red Top Mountain State Park.  As this trailhead is located outside of the park, parking is free.

We will hike out the yellow trail which weaves through some beautiful forests and past numerous coves surrounding Lake Allatoona.  Along the way we will reach an overlook of the Allatoona Dam. We will start returning on the yellow trail but take a few short off trail detours along the way to view some areas where ore mining occurred back in the 1800’s.  

The difficulty of this hike is deceiving. There are no long climbs but instead there are numerous up and downs, some of them fairly steep.  In total, we will do about 1000 feet of elevation gain. We will also be doing some brief off trail sections which adds a degree of difficulty.  I would NOT recommend this hike for beginner hikers.

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Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Shoes 

Water to keep hydrated

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles if you use them

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
  • Travel I-75 North towards Cartersville, Ga
  • Take Exit 285 and turn right onto Red Top Mountain Road
  • Travel 0.9 miles.  The parking lot is on the left immediately before reaching Bethney Bridge where the road crosses Lake Allatoona.   

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