Homestead Trail

EASY 153 reviews

Homestead Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cartersville, Georgia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.7 miles
492 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


scenic driving

trail running






wild flowers


Parking is $5 at the Red Top Mountain State Park visitor's center. You can also purchase an annual pass to park at all GA State Parks.

8 days ago

Fun trail with wide paths.

2 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.

3 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!

3 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.

4 months ago

Nice trial, some slight elevation, well marked, decent views. Remember to pay 5usd to park.

5 months ago

Nice easy flowing slightly up and down trail. Not many roots or rocks.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail

10 months ago

great trail had a good time well beaten down wide path,nice seanery watch for exposed roots. l would definitely hike again.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Well maintained trails with views of the lake for about 1/3 of the walk.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Awesome trail with multiple spots to rest an enjoy to view of the lake. Will definitely be going back.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Nice trail. Not too difficult with good views. Most of the river views are through the trees but it's still nice. Plenty of space on the trail and it's well marked, well kept.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Pretty lake views. There is a $5 parking fee since this trail is part of Red Top MTN State Park. A few hills, but a pretty easy hike overall. It ends up being a little more than 5 miles starting at the visitor's center.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great trail. Nice hills. Love walking through the pine forest. Pine needles underfoot can be slippery, so make certain you have the proper footwear. Lovely lake/river views. Oh, and very cute camp store at the visitor center. We'll be back.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Great, easy trail! It was fun to bring the pup out there and there's plenty of little trails that go down towards the lake so you can swim or hang out!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The trail was beautiful, especially if you go clockwise and get the water views at halfway mark; however, after hiking this one and Sweetgum I do believe they have these two mismarked. I would categorize Sweetgum as easy and Homestead as Moderate. Homestead had a lot more areas of incline and hills no matter which way you went. Will definitely get a good workout in with this trail.

Monday, March 27, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike! It really kicked my butt in some spots!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Love this trail. My wife and I just hiked it today and it is a great work out. Not a strenuous hike but if you hike it at a fast pace it has some good elevation to give you a moderate workout. We will back more often.

paddle sports
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great spot for a put in.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

One of my close to home favorites. I run the loop clockwise to save the best lake views for the way back. A few hills but nothing hard on this one.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Great trail. Plenty of ups and downs.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Great trail. Hilly. Leased dogs allowed. Couple of points where you can get off the trail at the shore the the lake. Benches along the way too. Trailhead starts at RTM visitor center (camp store) where there are restrooms and a water fountain.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

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.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Monday, September 05, 2016

Walk this trail after I had complete a 6.6 mile trail the day before. It was Labor Day weekend and we walk it on Sunday before the holiday. We walk 5.8 miles from start to finish. We will do it again. I thought it was easy on my knees. Well laid out.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A bit busier than I would like. Nice views.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Beautiful but very busy

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Loved the trail. Carried my puppy half of the time but I surely recommend anyone wanting to know the awesome wild side of cartersville! Nice views of the lake as well!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Went there with my girlfriend on Sunday. Great hike even if it was raining. Nice and easy 5 and a half miles. I'd go again

Friday, February 19, 2016

More hills and a bit longer than Iron Hill Trail but still great.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

This was a good starter hike.

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