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.
Fun loop, a few ups and downs, somewhat more challenging if you take the red trail (Sweetgum) out and the yellow (Homestead) back. Most of the lake views are seasonal, for a short while you'll be at lake level near the rope swing and the bench. I usually park at the Visitors Center, it's the trail head for both trails.
If you're looking for ups and downs this isn't your trail. This is, for the most part, a very easy, very level packed gravel lakeside walk. It winds through what use to be a camp ground that was closed in the early to mid 1980's. There's picnic tables all along the shoreline, abandoned restroom facilities, and old signage. It would be amazing if one day the park decided to re activate some of these old camp sites as 'backpack in only' grounds since they offer some of the absolute best lake views in the park. I wouldn't recommend this for mountain biking, by the time you realize you're bored to tears the loop will be about done.