Homestead Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cartersville, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 492 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

running

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail! Lots of greenery and wildlife.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful trail! Worth the drive and we enjoyed the long length. Both of my girls were able to complete it! New views as well.

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9 days ago

This trail was excellent! It was pretty hilly in the loop didn’t start until a half a mile in and it was all uphill coming back which made it pretty exhausting but the view near the lake was beautiful and we felt challenged but not too challenged! Loved it and absolutely would do it again !!

hiking
23 days ago

Very nice trail. Pretty views of the lake, and some hills for cardio workout. Not too many people after 4:00 PM. The trail is well maintained, with few benches to seat and enjoy the view. This trail is more challenging than the very close Iron Hill trail, which goes closer to the water than this one.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail has been my go-to for morning runs. It is not busy at around 8:30am-10am on weekdays. It can get very packed on the weekends. The trail is clearly marked, well maintained, and has some steep challenging sections. Some parts of the trail have a really nice view of the lake. It is mostly shaded as well.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice trail. Luckily I went early as it started getting packed about 11am.

hiking
29 days ago

trail by water. lots of shade.

29 days ago

Been hiking a lot lately and so far this trail is my favorite. We got here on an early Friday afternoon during social distancing times. The parking lot was pretty full but once we started walking didn't see many people at all. Notice all the wild ferns and moss lining the first stretch as you descend from the visitor's center. The trail takes a very scenic tour around the lake which makes for the perfect place to stop and eat a snack. I like this trail a lot because it's rolling hills which gives a nice cardio workout without being too strenuous. It was the perfect hike!

hiking
29 days ago

I love Red Top; have hiked here for over 30 years. Does anyone know what time the park closed last weekend due to being "full" (COVID)??

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained and well marked. Pretty lake views.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It has beautiful views of a stream and the lake. It is an easy to moderate Hike. The path is wide and pretty smooth and well maintained. Mostly shady with several areas to stop and enjoy nature.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail, several good hammock spots where the trail runs along the lake. Bathrooms at visitors center are open.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike while social distancing

hiking
2 months ago

First time hitting the Homestead Trail at Lake Allatoona and we loved it! Great for all ages - just enough cardio to make you feel like you accomplished something as far as exercise. Well-kept path wide enough for two and with very few rocks and roots. Pine straw covers the path like carpet! Quite a few people and their dogs. We got there at 8:25 a.m. and had our pick of parking spots, but by the time we were done the parking lot was packed and cars were circling like sharks - so get there early for parking. Yellow blazes clearly mark the path. Always feels fantastic to be outdoors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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rocky
2 months ago

2 months ago

This trail was a long one for use but totally enjoyable, grab your hiking stick and a furry friend if you have one.

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muddy
2 months ago

Experienced hikers will find this easy. Beautiful scenery especially when you reach the lake area.

hiking
2 months ago

A most excellent afternoon! The trail is beautifully maintained and yellow blazes everywhere. Plenty of happy dogs walking their humans, which is always great. Love the mile markers, because they motivate me. Lake Allatoona is gorgeous. Today we took the time to cook lunch with our Pocket Rocket stove and filtered water from a stream. Good times!

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

So app constantly stopped recording but other than that nice hike. Been twice now this time pretty muddy but still hikable. Solo hike

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Good to see lots of people out enjoying a first day hike.

Great day for a hike. Lake levels were low, Offtrailed it to find geocaches.

hiking
5 months ago

Great running trail. It’s not really moderate. It’s more of a moderately easy.

recorded Homestead Trail

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fee
6 months ago

Great for trail running! It is a Georgia state park, so pass required - $50 yearly or $5/day

hiking
6 months ago

Lake side access with beach coves. Nice cover.

6 months ago

Boots not needed for this nature trail. Super easy for the seasoned hiker, and not sure why it is rated as moderate.

hiking
6 months ago

Great place to hike. Just enough hills to make it a good workout.

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fee
6 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

Great 5.5 mile hike thru the woods and by the lake. Not too strenuous.

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