Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Red Top Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

One of the best hikes I have ever done.
The trail is some what easy with some small inclinations. Its basically a 3.5 mile loop with 2 mile extension. Half way is scenic with lake on one side. You can enjoy the small beaches alongside the trail. We have covered the adjacent Sweet Gum Trail and this one in one stretch.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a good trail to get a little exercise on if your in the area or if you live close by, but I wouldn't go out of my way to hike here.

Great trail

We love it!❤️

backpacking
26 days ago

Started Sunday morning a little after 10. Great trail. Lots of twisties and elevation change. I have a couple sketchy joints, and I carry a weighted pack, so I was plenty ready to be finished at about mile 4. I think the difficulty ratings are all relative to your physical ability and environmental circumstances. I would rate it easy to moderate in quite a few places. Lots of flats, lots of elevation change that had me puffing. Several places almost halfway in to go to the shore of Allatoona. One gentleman was swimming laps. A couple shucked their clothes and got in the water in their underwear. There were not many people on the trail. I went long stretches without meeting other hikers. Plenty of well-behaved dogs, but one hiker didn’t pick up poop. Bad washout at 4.5. It was about 6.2 miles total for me. I didn’t like that there were no signs for the visitors center on the way out. Several trails intersect with this one, and I took a wrong turn at 5.5

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail far more than Sweetgum. I avoided this one for awhile because it’s rated as easy and I prefer moderate trails. However, this one is easy to moderate with some gentle elevation changes and a few rocks and roots, with beautiful forest and lake scenery, so I never got bored. The homestead loop is 5 miles but when you factor in the trail to and from the visitor’s center it totals right at 6 miles. I completed it in 2.5 hours excluding breaks, and I’m only in so-so shape, so it’s easy to make decent time here. I’ll definitely come back.

nice easy grade, great views of the lake. great testing spot on the boulders at the half-way mark before heading back.

Great Place nice view Great Rangers volunteers are very helpful

Fun trail with wide paths.

Great hike! First portion was paved, but rest was well traveled dirt path. Tired the kids out, but great views of Allatoona!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, clearly marked, more on the easy side, provides nice picnic spots

I've hiked this trail about 3 times now and it's really nice. Great views of the water and lots of little veer off trails leading to small beaches. The trail is well maintained and well marked. Would recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Red Top always has well marked trails. I've done this one many times with my pup.

This is a great loop trail. It's a fairly easy well maintained path. Nice views of the lake as you weave in and out of the beautiful hardwoods.

hiking
3 months ago

Did something crazy and hiked every trail at Red Top one Sunday. This review will cover the entire experience. Well marked, nicely maintained, and surprisingly quiet considering how popular it is. The views were gorgeous and there is enough of a variety in the trails to really give you a workout. Great place to train for more strenuous hikes and events.

hiking
3 months ago

Did something crazy and hiked every trail at Red Top one Sunday. This review will cover the entire experience. Well marked, nicely maintained, and surprisingly quiet considering how popular it is. The views were gorgeous and there is enough of a variety in the trails to really give you a workout. Great place to train for more strenuous hikes and events.

hiking
3 months ago

Did something crazy and hiked every trail at Red Top one Sunday. This review will cover the entire experience. Well marked, nicely maintained, and surprisingly quiet considering how popular it is. The views were gorgeous and there is enough of a variety in the trails to really give you a workout. Great place to train for more strenuous hikes and events.

hiking
3 months ago

Did something crazy and hiked every trail at Red Top one Sunday. This review will cover the entire experience. Well marked, nicely maintained, and surprisingly quiet considering how popular it is. The views were gorgeous and there is enough of a variety in the trails to really give you a workout. Great place to train for more strenuous hikes and events.

Did something crazy and hiked every trail at Red Top one Sunday. This review will cover the entire experience. Well marked, nicely maintained, and surprisingly quiet considering how popular it is. The views were gorgeous and there is enough of a variety in the trails to really give you a workout. Great place to train for more strenuous hikes and events.

well kept and marked! I liked that there are spots on the trail that are on the water so my pup can cool off!

on Homestead Trail

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails! Well maintained and full of beautiful views of the lake. There's a side trail towards the northeastern corner of the trail that leads down to a solitary bench right at the shore of the lake. Love to stop there, eat a snack, and enjoy the view of the lake!

on Lakeside Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice paved trail. Would be great for families with kids since it's a very easy trail and has a play area along the way. There are loads of benches and picnic tables nearby. Nice views of the lake too!

on Sweetgum Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice, well-kept trail. I don't think it should be classified as "moderate"; it was pretty flat with the occasional gentle slope. It crosses the Lakeside trail too, if you'd like to see some beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked trail(s) and well taken care of. It’s more of an easy hike with a couple of inclines but all and all it’s a great trail to hike.

Nice Hiking. Not too difficult, but on the right day.... It's a nice way to spend a few hours

This is a nice trail if you want a fair amount of distance (I clocked in @ 6.77 miles) without too many strenuous hills. Like others have said, should be rated easy with only a few moderate spots.

hiking
5 months ago

Near Iron Hill Trail. I like to run Iron Hill then hike this right after. A bit challenging at a few spots. Several spots to veer off and sit on small somewhat-secluded beaches and modest overlooks of the lake. Very nice scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

Took the kids and had a great time. Saw a few deer and that brought a huge smile and excitement to the kids. Walked this trail and a smaller 3/4 mile loop connected to this trail. Beautiful views of the lake. Lovely trail. I am not an avid hiker and agree with the “moderate” skill level.

Super afternoon day hike with my dog..
Trail are well marked, well maintained and the lake is beautiful in early spring.

Definitely not moderate- should be classified as easy. Some slight elevation and pretty smooth. Remember to pay to park- 5usd

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