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Red Top Mountain: Surf and Turf

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Red Top Mountain State Park   Hike: Red Top Mountain: Surf and Turf  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jun 15 2022  9:00 am >> Wed, Jun 15 2022 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Jun 10 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Jun 14 2022 8:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let's go hike some of the trails at Red Top Mountain State Park!

We will park at the far end of the old lodge parking lot (now the visitor center and gift store).  The hike will follow the Homestead and Sweetgum Trails which offer some diverse scenery winding through the woods and along some of the inlet shores of Lake Allatoona.  We will also take the short, out and back White Tail trail to the end of a little peninsula which has a nice place for a break with great views of the lake.

There are a few hills along the Homestead Trail which rolls along the lakeshore and higher into the forest above, but we will be going at a comfortable pace for everyone (about 2.5 mph).  Total distance should be about 7 miles.

After the hike - we'll drive to Red Top Beach for a lunch picnic and swim.  Bathrooms are available at this location.

Required Items to Bring:

hiking boots or trail shoes

water - at least 1 liter


swim gear

Recommended Items to Bring:
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 hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Atlanta, take I-75 Northbound to exit #285. Go right (east) on Red Top Mountain Road and cross Lake Allatoona. Continue straight to the Visitor's Center, Gift Store which will be on your left. We will meet at the far end of the lot from the building.


There is a parking fee at all State Parks which is now $5 per car, unless you have an annual State Parks Pass. You will be able to purchase either the daily or annual pass at the Visitor's Center before we start the hike.

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