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“Ok hiking trails, scenic campground”

Red Top Mountain State Park
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Owner description: This popular park on Lake Allatoona is ideal for swimming, water skiing and fishing. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent from nearby marinas. A sand swimming beach is nestled in a cove and surrounded by trees, providing a great place to cool off during summer. Picnic shelters and group shelters may be rented for meetings, parties, reunions and other celebrations. Guests often stay overnight in rental cottages, a spacious campground or the park’s lakeside yurt. While best known for the 12,000-acre lake, Red Top Mountain is also a hiker’s haven. More than 15 miles of trails wind through the forested park, providing opportunities for exercise and nature photography. A short, paved trail behind the park office is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, welcoming guests to explore a reconstructed 1860s homestead. The gravel-topped 4-mile Iron Hill Trail is open to both hikers and bikers, offering pretty views of the lake’s shoreline.Named for the soil’s rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, Red Top Mountain was once an important mining area. Iron pour programs are occasionally held near the Vaughn Cabin behind the park office.
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Park is chock full of hiking trails but sadly lacking in biking trails. The one trail that is open to bikes is actually an old series of fire road that used to be a campground. Hikers have other options but they crowd the only bike trail with kiddie strollers and walk 3 deep across so on the weekends it is pretty much impossible to ride without frustration at pedestrian traffic.

I have also encountered many loose dogs on the trail and the park staff doesn't do much to enforce leash laws.

Thank mtbxc
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"nice trails"
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Love the mountain music, gorgeous area and swimming facilities. Other than the fish mentioned in other reviews it was a nice trip. One picked at my mole until he bit it almost off and I had to have it burned rest of way off. We are returning in our new motorhome this Sat. To camp for the first time.

Thank Ga8rgal
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Really like this hiking spot. We use to go to Kennesaw Mountain but it has gotten way to crouded. No trouble with parking and no remote lots!

Thank StrategicFundraising
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

This state park is a great place to spend time with family and friends! Lots of lake access. Boaters dream. We want to come back in the summer with the grandchildren!

Thank Ginger G
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We've been coming to this park for years. On a nice day, it's hard to resist making the less-than-an-hour drive from Atlanta.

The park's trails are pretty great and the views of Lake Allatoona are really nice. For a longer hike I'd recommend the 5.5-mile Homestead Trail.

This time we went on the 4-mile Iron Trail. With a little guy, we didn't hike the whole thing but it was just enough for him to run on the gravel and dirt path and pick up leaves and pine needles.

We'll be back!

Thank kurokitty
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