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Fall Foliage Hike/Picnic at Red Top Mountain State Park with Outside Atlanta

Join us for a great Fall Foliage Hike and Picnic at Red Top Mountain State Park with Ron Hilston's MeetUp group Outside Atlanta.

We will meet at Red Top Mountain Lodge and take the Sweet Gum and Homestead Trails for an approximate total walking distance of 5½ miles. Overall, this route will take you through forest, across fields, and along the shores of the lake and is of Moderate Difficulty.

Picnic will follow the hike in a picnic area adjacent to the Lodge. Bring a chair, an item to share, and something to grill.

So join us for a great Fall Foliage Hike and Picnic at Red Top Mountain State Park!

WHERE: Red Top Mountain State Park

Directions: We will leave from the Lodge (not the Visitor's Center)

Address for the Lodge is:
50 Lodge Rd
Cartersville, GA 30121

Go 75 North to Exit 285
Go Right off the exit
Proceed approximately .5 miles and go over bridge (Bethany Bridge) over the water
Go approximately another .5 miles and left on to Park Marina Rd
Approximately .5 miles and right on to Lodge Rd

The GPS Coordinates for the Lodge:

There is no gated entrance to the park. Visitors are required to pay a $5 Per-Vehicle Day Use Fee. Pay this by Cash or Check at the Entry Fee/Entry Booth along Red Top Beach Road or the Visitors Center, which serves as the camping check-in office, a store (drinks, snacks, and souvenirs), and park information center. Once you pay your Day Use Fee, proceed to the Red Top Mountain Lodge.

BRING: Comfortable Shoes, Layered Clothing, Water to Drink, Trail Mix, a Chair, a Food Item to Share, and Something to Grill, $5 per Vehicle

Trail Map:

Topographic Map: Red Top Mountain State Park: Homestead and Sweetgum Trails Topographic Map

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was great and beautiful lots of fun people

    November 11, 2012

  • Shane

    Outstanding! Wonderful Group, Beautiful Place Love the Lake!

    November 10, 2012

  • Ron (HAP) H.

    If anyone has issues or gets lost, call or text[masked]

    November 10, 2012

  • Karen W

    Anyone want to carpool?

    November 9, 2012

  • Glenda J

    Anyone want to ride with me from canton, exit 19?

    November 9, 2012

    • Karen W

      I live in Vinings and would like to ride with someone. [masked]

      November 9, 2012

  • Jean P H

    Tomorrow will be beautiful!
    Nov 10 72°F High
    Sunny Chance of Rain:0%
    Wind: SSE at 5 mph

    1 · November 9, 2012

  • Karen W

    How late will the event go to?

    November 7, 2012

    • Ron (HAP) H.

      Hike should be finished by 1:PM, and for those who wish to picnic we will move over to Shelter # 2

      1 · November 7, 2012

  • T

    Dave are you accepting any additional hikers? There are 4 of us who want to participate.

    October 16, 2012

    • Dave G

      This is a joint hike with Outside Atlanta and spots are open in that group. Go to­tlanta/

      1 · October 18, 2012

  • Krista

    Hope you can add more people as the date gets closer!

    October 15, 2012

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