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Red Top Mountain State Park - Homestead Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville, GA   Hike:   Red Top Mountain State Park - Homestead Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Aug 30 2021  10:00 am >> Mon, Aug 30 2021 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sat, Aug 28 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Aug 30 2021 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5.75 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:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let’s hike the Homestead trail at Red Top Mountain State Park. This moderate paced hike will cover approximately 5.75 miles in about 2.5 hours. Although the hiking is not difficult, our itinerary will include enough short climbs that beginners should be cautioned.

We will meet at the Park Offices located at 50 Lodge Road, Cartersville, GA.  As this is a State Park, there is a cost of $5 or use of an annual State Park parking pass.  

For our hike, we will begin with a short out and back on the White Tail trail which reaches a point with great views of Lake Allatoona. Next we will head toward the Homestead trail and complete the 3 mile loop. While hiking the loop, we will stop briefly at two additional lake views.  Utilizing the Homestead and Sweet Gum trails we will return to the Park office parking lot.

Red Top Mountain State Park is located on what was once a thriving Iron Ore Mining operation which operated prior to the Civil War.

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
  • Take Exit 285 and turn right onto Red Top Mountain Road
  • Travel 1.9 miles crossing Lake Allatoona and Turn left onto Park Marina Road
  • Proceed 0.7 miles and turn Right onto Lodge Road
  • Proceed 0.3 miles to Park Office parking lot (address 50 Lodge Road, Cartersville, GA)

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