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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:Fri, Nov 18 2022  10:00 am >> Fri, Nov 18 2022 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Nov 15 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 18 2022 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5.75 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
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: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


It's a VERY special day!  It's Holt's 400th AOC event!  He deserves a celebration!

Although the route for the hike might change a bit, we'll 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 so that beginners should be cautioned.  It's definitely NOT a hike for folks who have not done some recent D2+ hikes.

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.  

Our likely route 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.  Plan to get some interesting history during our breaks on the trail.

It you can spare the time, pack a lunch to keep in your car for after the hike.  We'll find a bench or two on the lake and enjoy a little social time together.  If you have something you can share, feel free to bring it along.  

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)


Bathrooms are available at the Visitor Center.  Please arrive early enough to use the facilities before our 10 am. start.

Trail Map of Red Top Mountain trails:

$5 fee.  Pass available at the Visitor Center if you don't have an annual pass

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.