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Red Top Mountain State Park
This park is located in central Georgia.

My family stayed here while attending the
summer Olympics of 1996.
This park is less than an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia and is near many conveniances.


This park qualifies as a three Roo site 
For information on the Roo rating system just click on the Roos! RangerThe 'Ranger Station' here is a 33 room lodge. This park offers hotel accomidations and 18 cabins as well as camping. The lodge is quite nice - but it seems a bit too commercial for a camping and recreation area. The lodge does have a nice restraunt.
Momma and Blake by the lake
 
picnic There are many picnic areas throughout this park.

The campgrounds here are wonderful but have some major failings. The layout of the campground is completely baffling. My family stayed here for a week and we weren't able to get to our site on the first try until the last day. We arrived after dark and I had to get out of the car and walk ahead just so I could find an available camp site.
When we awoke the next morning, we were quite pleased to find ourselves in a lovely site right above the lake. I had made reservations a year in advance and it turned out that we had chosen a non-reservation site. I was told that our reservation site would have electricity but would be further away from the lake. We chose to remain in the site we had selected the night before.Blake and Momma in the lake
The campgrounds had a security system with a keypad. You were given a code to enter the camp area. This did not work for our entire stay and we simply drove around it.

water There is water available throughout the park and at the campground restrooms. The campground bathrooms also had very nice showers and vending machines.

Boating This park is on the shores of Lake Allatoona. This lake was wonderful for swimming and was quite scenic. You boaters will be happy to know that Red Top Mountain has a marina, two boat ramps, five docks, and welcomes waterskiing. For you fishermen and women - there are no limitation here and I heard that the fishing was pretty darn good!

The weather was wonderful for our mid July visit. We made reservations but the park was not full. It did rain for a bit every single day and the humidity was quite high. The lake was clear and pleasantly cool.

For park reservations for many of Georgia's great parks and/or more information call (404)656-3530

This park is about 45 minutes drive from Atlanta and is just south of Cartersville. We found great information, fantastic BBQ, and reasonable food prices in Cartersville provided by very friendly people. While we were here we paid a visit to the 'Etowah Indian Mounds' Click here to see information on them. You should too!

Directions
Located about 30 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia. Take Interstate 75 north to exit 121 and follow road signs east to park entrance. If you approach park from the south, you'll find exit 121 off of Interstate 75 just south of Cartersville.

Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge
653 Red Top Mountain Rd., S.E.
Cartersville, Georgia 30120
(404)975-0055

Georgia's Parks and Historic Sites Information:
Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources
Butler Street, SE, Suite 1352
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(404)656-3530

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