Grab your pooch and check out the rusty-hued peaks of Red Top Mountain State Park. Known for its ruddy soil (due to high iron deposits), this recreation area has developed into every type of camper's dream spot. Don't let the park's name fool you, though -- the main attraction here by far is the 12,000 acre Lake Allatoona.
Campers are not short of options at this park, with cabins, a yurt, primitive sites, and 92 regular campsites all on offer. Each of the regular sites also comes with a fire ring for cooking and a picnic table to suit all your dining needs. If you're looking for a little more comfort, 36 of these sites have electric hookups and water. For those who want to feel even more at home, there are 18 different cottages that vary in size in the park. Stepping it up one final notch, the yurt lets you and five of your friends get an authentic experience, as it is fashioned after the real-deal structures of Mongolia.
When you're not enjoying your base camp, you can join oodles of other campers out on the lake. Here, you can boat, fish, swim, or just hang out all day on the beach! Or, take to the trails with your pup at your side and see how much of the 15 miles of pathway you can cover. The trails vary in difficulty, from paved walkways that a stroller can travel to more difficult terrain suited only for serious hikers. Mountain biking is also a favorite here, so don't forget to bring your wheels!
Canine campers are welcome on the actual campsite; however, whether or not your furry friend is welcome in the permanent structures is not specified. We recommend calling before you book one of these shelters to see if Fido is allowed inside with you. Leashes are required here, and the park asks that the lead not exceed 6 feet. Also, remember to clean up after your pupper and never leave them unattended.
For a camping experience that can fit anyone's needs, head to Red Top Mountain State Park for your Georgia adventure.