Lake Allatoona Trail

Cartersville, Georgia 30120

Lake Allatoona Trail

Lake Allatoona Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Lake Allatoona, located just northwest of Atlanta, is a popular boating destination in the state. Hikers, however, will enjoy exploring the lake by the Homestead Loop Trail. The 5.5-mile trail is located in Red Top Mountain State Park. Red Top Mountain (in the northwestern corner of the park) got its name from the high iron-ore content in the resident soil. The mountain was once an important mining area for the metal, but today is largely appreciated for its easy access to 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona and for offering a respite from the urban life in nearby Atlanta.

The Homestead Loop Trail starts at the park’s visitor center and occasionally hugs the banks of Lake Allatoona as it winds through some of the most diverse habitats of all the trails in the park. The ecosystems include lake, forest, and meadow areas for wildlife that thrive in the region. The overabundant population has caused the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Georgia to team up to study and recommend a management approach to ensure a healthy environment for the entire ecosystem."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta (Menasha Ridge Press)
Randy & Pam Golden
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"Climb to the tops of two mountains separated by a railroad pass to view the site of the last Civil War battle in the Atlanta area. This trek includes a long, scenic lakeshore walk. Nearby Cartersville affords a number of additonal hiking opportunities. Nearest facilities are at Red Top Mountain State Park. Most of this trail is in full sun, with some partial shade at the lakeshore."

Lake Allatoona Trail Trip Reports

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Though this trail lacks silence, solitude and physical challenge, there are pleasant river views and a kind of "Sunday in the park with George" aesthetic. You can enjoy a slow walk with very young, elderly or convalescent companions. On your own you can jog or pedal over miles of flat gravelly surface. There are gentle paths leading away from the river under the canopy when the direct sun is too much. And if you live in metro Atlanta, you can get there and back during a long lunch break. Sure beats crawling the mall.
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Fantastic trail for a 5K run along the Chattahoochee. Flat, soft-surface with lots of other friendly folks.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Year round
925 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,000 feet
Top Elevation
Red Top Mountain State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Allatoona Dam
Local Maps

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