Red Top Mountain - Iron Hill Loop
Red Top Mountain State Park, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
4.5
Length
hike difficulty
3.7
Duration 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain 294 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Red Top Mountain State Park
Parking Fee $5, $50 annual pass
Blaze Blue, Brown signs
Nearby City Cartersville, GA
Trailhead Coord. 34.139563, -84.700636

Just 25 miles north of Atlanta, the popular Red Top Mountain State Park may not offer the unbridled beauty of more scenic and remote hiking, but does offer lake views and a good workout over its 15 miles of trails. The 3.6 mile Iron Hill mixed use loop trail offers hikers and mountain bikers an opportunity to just relax and enjoy the outdoors. Great for families, this trail is wide, well maintained, and relatively flat. Don’t stop here, the park has several other trails to explore, great places to go swimming or rent a boat and enjoy the 12,000 acre Lake Allatoona.



Look for the signs on Red Top Mountain road for the parking area to Iron Hill. There is a $5 parking fee. From the trailhead, the path immediately splits to form a loop for the remainder of the hike. This description assumes the left path, travelling clockwise around the loop. The trail is a mix of gravel and compacted dirt. It’s wide and easily followed. Throughout the hike, other “roads” and paths intersect and converge into the Iron Hill trail. At each of these intersections, there will be brown and white signs with arrows pointing the way as well as blue blazes on the surrounding trees to further identify the correct path. Taking any of these paths can add some variety to the journey if you like.



This is also a mountain bike trail, but the lack of elevation change and overall easiness of this trail keeps most bikers looking for other options. Over the entire course, the total elevation gain is less than 300 feet, making this a very flat hike with minor elevation changes. For these reasons, this trail is popular with joggers and dog walkers.



The majority of the hike follows the contour of the shoreline, allowing for plenty of winter views of Lake Allatoona. In the warmer months, this may be more obscured by low branches and foliage. In the distance, the gentle roar of the interstate can be heard. While along lake shore sections, look for side trails leading down to individual beaches. At mile 2.7, you will pass an old road sign stating “Road Closed Ahead.” Don’t worry; the trail continues on ahead. Immediately after this sign, you will cross the first bridge. Here you can get an unobstructed view of the lake. Over the next half mile, the trail crosses three more bridges before completing the loop just below the parking area.

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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
34.139563, -84.700636 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°8.37, W 84°42.04 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°8'22'', W 84°42'02'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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Further Directions
Coming from I-75 heading east on Red Top Mountain Road SE, drive 1 mile past the visitor center. The parking lot will be on the right.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Rd SE, Cartersville, GA 30121
770-975-4226



Other Information
The trail has several intersections with Iron Hill Cove Road, which also looks like a trail. There are also a couple side trails. For each of these intersections, signs are posted pointing you in the right direction.