This popular park on 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent from nearby Park Marine. Twelve miles of hiking trails wind through the park, providing opportunities for exercise or relaxation. The Iron Hill Trail is perfect for beginning mountain bikers. Visitors can explore a reconstructed 1860s homesite, including a log cabin and blacksmith shop. The park's music series and homestead events are held at this historic cabin. Named for the soils rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, Red Top Mountain was once an important iron mining area.
Great hike in October. Views of the lake, ferns and pine needles covering the ground floor. Beautiful. I would be thrilled to hike Homestead Trail again. At a good pace with a couple of stops to take in the views, we completed the trail in 2 hours.
Great trail for exercise and scenery! We love it! Only one encounter which was frightening is when a couple near the lake had their Pit Bull off of his leash, and he charged up the hill to growl at my daughter and me as we were walking the trail. I stood totally still and told them to get their dog now! They were slow doing this but finally got their dog! I love all animals, but this was scary!!
Kim L. on Iron Hill Trail
Love the blue trail! Nice and level - great for even little dogs with small legs :) Circles the lake (lots of lake views, including cool little coves) and there are places to cut down to the water for picnics, swim or just watch the boaters on the lake.
The only section that is iffy (water wise) is the side with the old campground - you can't swim on that side, lots of rocks and branches in the water (no swimming signs posted). The picnic tables on that side are covered in moss and the area is over-grown. Kind of a shame, actually.
A great place to get a nice walk in or spend the day!