Iron Hill Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily 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, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.4 miElevation gain141 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingWalkingRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersFee
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Red Top Mountain State Park charges a $5 parking fee. You can also purchase an annual pass that is valid at all Georgia State Parks for $50.

$5.00 for parking

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Matthew Gill
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Hiking

Really pleasant walk to take your dog and small kids with. not hard at all. we had our 4 year old and another toddler in a Deuter hiking pack on my back with my wife and little dog and we all loved the nice views of the lake and a easy trail.

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Kristib Butler
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Hiking

It was a beautiful spring walk. Crossing the creek was a little dicey, so wear some grippy shoes!

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Terri Therrell
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Hiking

Gorgeous!!!

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Andrew Kalinen
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Hiking

Well maintained and pleasant. Easy calm gentle ride.

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Andrew Hughes
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Hiking

Gorgeous day for a 40 something degree two lap loop of Iron Hill...

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Jeffrey K Warrick
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Hiking

Very easy

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J Miller
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Backpacking

I parked at the old visitor center and walked across the street to the trail that connects vc and iron hill . Right at 7 miles. Great hiking!!

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Cara Lynn Teague
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RunningGreat!

This morning was monumental! I ran my first race since 1994 (seriously) and I felt on top of the world! I did WAY better than I thought I could. I RAN (not walked) practically the whole 5K+ (it was said to be 3.8 but my Garmin said I went 3.48?). Spirits were high, pace was solid and pain was low. Truly a runner’s high. I finished 5th in my age/sex category with an official time of 39:20.6 (I had been clocking in about 45-46 minutes in practice runs) which was a pace of 10:21 per mile - a HUGE improvement for me since I started running again in December! This is definitely the first of many trail races to come on my midlife serendipity (not crisis) journey that I began taking on in 2020. Dirty Spokes Trail Run Series - Iron Hill (at Red Top Mountain State Park) - was very well put on and they were blasting some Widespread Panic on the overhead speakers so I felt right at home :) Cassidy was there also to cheer me on but did not want to be photographed LOL - Cool people, cool merch, cool race!

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Natalie Stone
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Hiking

Great trail, especially for beginners!

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Roger Stone
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Roger Stone
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Hiking
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Wendy Chiaravalloti
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Hiking

Not a fan of all the gravel

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Cara Lynn Teague
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Running

Virtual Coach Galloway charged me with a 2.5 mile run/walk/run workout along with a 15 minute warmup (I jogged as much as possible during) and 10 minute cool down. I hit Iron Hill for it again to train for Dirty Spokes and used it as a practice run. Finished the race course in 46-ish minutes or so again, just in time to walk around a little for my cool down! I think I shaved maybe 15 seconds or so of my time, so not a lot. I had left thigh and shin radiating pain and a sharp cramp in my right groin, so I’m sure my gait was a little funky to compensate. Therefore I didn’t push too hard because I didn’t want to injure myself. Resting from running until Wednesday!

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Laura L
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HikingFeeGreat!

Same ol’ trail, this time pretty busy on a 80F day and lots of boats out. Nice wide trail with almost no elevation change. Almost no one out at the abandoned campsite, as usual.

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Layne Singleton
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Backpacking

The distance on All Trails is a little misleading. Total distance of the whole loop, with no shortcuts comes out at a little over 4 miles

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Lindsay Martin
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Hiking
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Jamie Martin
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Penny Clower
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Running

Iron hill trail

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Matthew Blaskowski
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Hiking
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Peter Zefo
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RunningGreat!

Perfect, scenic, rolling hills for a training run.

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Micah Zefo
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Andrew Hughes
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Hiking

The deserted campsites and bathrooms can add another couple miles if you do them...

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Tammy Tracy
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Hiking
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Roger Stone
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Hiking
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Roger Stone
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Fruit Jack
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Hiking

not sure why they don't open up more of the trail to the south/west

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Lori Putnam
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Roger Stone
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Emilie Wilhite
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WalkingGreat!

Wide, level, gravel trail. Lots of lake views. Neat bridges.

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