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Saturday Morning on the Homestead Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville GA   Hike: Saturday Morning on the Homestead Trail   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 26 2022  10:00 am >> Sat, Nov 26 2022 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Nov 22 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Nov 26 2022 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


It's a special hike today!  We're honoring Marie-Felixe for reaching her 300th AOC event today! That's a lot of hikes, deserving of recognition!

We're going to hike the Homestead Trail - a rolling trail with lots of views of Lake Allatoona. We'll be hiking about 5.5 miles, starting at the Visitor Center.  We'll keep a steady, moderate pace, not too slow, but certainly not a fitness hike.  

This trail begins at the Visitor Center, and makes a loop through some of the most beautiful areas of the park. The loop portion follows the lakeshore for approximately half its length.  This trail is named after one of several homesteads which were once located in the loop portion. Trail is blazed yellow and is not accessible to bicycles. The Homestead Trail is the Yellow Trail marked on the park map:

Poles are recommended to prevent tripping, though they're not a necessity.

A $5 parking fee is required if you don't have an annual State Park Pass.  Both a daily pass and an annual pass may be purchased at the Visitor Center.  Please allow ample time to purchase a pass before the hike.

We'll be starting on time, so please plan to arrive early enough to use the restroom at the Visitor Center and be ready to gather for introductions by 9:50 am.

Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of water or other fluids
Sturdy hiking boots/shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the Visitor Center located at 50 Lodge Road, Cartersville, GA. 
Coordinates:  34.157225, -84.70585

  • 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

Parking passes may be purchased at the Visitor Center

Nice gift shop to browse through if you arrive early!

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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