Rated: Easy Distance: 4.0 miles Departure: 9:00 a.m. Sharp
The namesake of the park, Red Top Mountain, is in the northwestern section of the park. The high iron ore content of the soil on the mountain and in the surrounding area is the reason for the Red Top name. Mining iron ore was once an important activity on Red Top Mountain and in the local area. The Iron Hill Trail is a graveled trail that is accessible to both hikers and bicycles. This scenic trail is a loop that winds along the banks of the lake through a historic area that was once home to an active iron mining community in the mid 1800s. Along the way you will have the opportunity to observe both native wildlife and a profusion of native plants.
As always, wear comfortable (not new) sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Bring plenty of water, snacks and your lunch. We will stop about midway and have lunch on the trail, weather permitting. It is less than an hour drive from Atlanta. We carpool, so please be prepared to donate $5 - $7 to the driver for gas and parking. There is a $5 fee for parking unless you go to your local library and check-out a State Park Parking Pass for free parking.
Questions, contact Carolyn through this Meetup site or by telephone at 678.231.4973.