The Red Top Mountain State Park is a wooded peninsula surrounded by Lake Allatoona. The state park is named for the soil’s rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, and it was once an important mining area. Just under 40 miles from Atlanta, it's considered one of the best hiking spots close to the city. Here you and your trail dog will be able to hike through ferny pine forests to stunning views of Lake Allatoona. There are about 15 miles of trails in the park, divided into 6 trails of varying lengths and difficulties.
For a casual stroll, you can check out the Lakeside Trail. This trail is just under one mile, and although it's short, it doesn't skimp on beauty, featuring pine forests, lake vistas, and a reconstructed 1860s homestead. This paved trail is located behind the park office, and is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.
The Homestead Trail, on the other hand, is the longest, most challenging, and most stunning trail. Just over 5 miles, this trail will give you a workout and take your breath away. It passes through varied terrain, wildlife habitats, and offers easy lake access where you and your pup can cool off.
Red Top Mountain State Park offers a seemingly endless amount of activities, many of them centering around water sports. These include swimming, waterskiing, boating, and fishing. Whether you and your best pal are here for the day or want to stick around for a while, you can find the necessary amenities, from picnic shelters, to playgrounds, campsites, and cabins.Doggos are welcome throughout the state park, campgrounds, and on the trails, as long as they stay on a leash no longer than 6 feet and accompanied by their pet-parents. They are not allowed in buildings or swimming areas, but there may be some pet friendly cabins available. Please be sure to pick up after your pup and follow Leave No Trace principles. Bringing water and clean up bags is a must here.
The trails at Red Top Mountain State Park are the perfect way to get into the wilderness with your furry friend.