MORE INFORMATION: Red Top Mountain State Park 50 Lodge Rd SE Cartersville, GA 30121 (770) 975-0055
HIGHLIGHTS: Lake Allatoona was built by the Army Corps of Engineers shortly after the end of World War II and it surrounds the park on three sides. This hike on the Homestead Loop is the most varied and interesting in the park. There are excellent views of Lake Allatoona and the damn from ridges along the trail and this route also drops you down to the shoreline of the lake. The park has numerous deer and you are likely to see them as you walk the Homestead Loop.
The Homestead Loop is easily traveled and makes for a pleasant day-hike. Dogs will enjoy swimming in the lake, so this hike is particularly suited for the warmer months (but it is enjoyable year round.) Red Top Mountain State Park does not permit backcountry camping, but has 18 cottages, 92 campsites, and even a yurt for overnight use. Pets are allowed at the campsites but not at the cottages, lodge or yurt. The park service also asks that dogs are leashed at all times and that owners clean up after them.