Red Top Mountain State Park Homestead and Sweetgum Trails

Emerson, Georgia

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Nestled on a 1,950-acre Allatoona Lake peninsula, Red Top Mountain is among Georgia’s most popular state parks. Centuries ago these hills were home to Paleo-Indians who built mysterious mounds, which are now preserved at nearby Etowah Mounds State Historic Site. After the Cherokee removal on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s, the hills were mined for their rich iron ore. The mines were destroyed during the Civil War, but remnants may still be seen at nearby Cooper Furnace Park.

Red Top Mountain State Park: Homestead and Sweetgum Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Nestled on a 1,950-acre Allatoona Lake peninsula, Red Top Mountain is among Georgia’s most popular state parks. Centuries ago these hills were home to Paleo-Indians who built mysterious mounds, which are now preserved at nearby Etowah Mounds State Historic Site.

After the Cherokee removal on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s, the hills were mined for their rich iron ore. The mines were destroyed during the Civil War, but remnants may still be seen at nearby Cooper Furnace Park."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Emerson
Distance: 6.25
Elevation Gain: 179 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Allatoona Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Top Mountain State Park: Homestead and Sweetgum Trails

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May 2018