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Red Top Mountain Peninsula Tour

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville, GA   Hike: Red Top Mountain Peninsula Tour   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 8 2020  9:00 am >> Sat, Aug 8 2020 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Aug 6 2020 6:06 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 8 2020 8:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8.8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Allen D
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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: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Today we'll go from peninsula to peninsula for about 9 miles and 900' of ascent and descent.  This will qualify as a lower D4, but if the heat gets to us we can cut it short and I will downgrade the rating.  I'm giving us 3.5 hours to complete this, which will be possible at a moderate-steady pace. Given the hike length and heat, this is NOT A BEGINNERS EVENT, and regular D3 participation, or more, is requested before signing up.  The terrain is rolling with single track trails, occasional roots and rocks. 

We will enter from the park Visitors Center and go south to the Iron Mountain loop for about 6 miles, then head up to the larger visitors center and demonstration iron smelting and log cabin, then out the white trail to a little peninsula with great views of the lake.  We will have a little snack and refreshment there before heading back to the cars.  

We will meet at the Visitors Center, which is the first park building just past the intersection of Red Top Mountain Road and Park Marina Road, Cartersville, GA.  As this is a State Park, there is a cost of $5 or use of an annual State Park parking pass. Please arrive 15 minutes early to find a parking spot, get your parking pass, and have time to introduce yourself. 

Thanks to Holt Ward for setting up this hike description.

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Shoes 

Water to keep hydrated  2 liters 

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking Poles if you use them

A snack for our break

Sunscreen for sensitive skin.  We will be in mixed to light shade most of the time.

Energy Bars or drink

Dry clothes and shoes for apres hike

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
  • Travel I-75 North towards Cartersville
  • Take Exit 285 and turn right onto Red Top Mountain Road
  • Travel 1.9 miles crossing Lake Allatoona and go just past Park Marina Road
  • Turn in the Visitors Center lot and park

There are bathrooms at the Visitors Center for the start, at 6 miles, and the finish.

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