Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Cartersville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very nice place to hiking

on Pine Mountain Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Liked the hike, but could have been marked better along the way how far away you’re from the parking lot, etc.

I hiked this one starting from Coopers Furnace via the connector trail. It’s longer then the west loop but isn’t as scenic IMO, it lacks the rock features you’ll see on the other side. Not a bad hike though.

Beautiful hike, I agree with the moderate rating. Easy trail head access from I-75, free parking with lots of spots. The trail is very clean and clearly marked. I hiked the west loop on an early Sunday morning, great view of the sunrise on the summit and lots of space up at the top. Try going early because it gets VERY busy around 10-11AM.

hiking
22 days ago

A good alternative to Kennesaw Mtn, which gets crowded at times. I like the more strenuous trails and this one provides a good workout. Nice view from top. East loop can also be used for MTB, but you better be in good shape.

hiking
26 days ago

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

hiking
28 days ago

Excellent trail. Completed both the east and west loops, as well as all side trails. This made it an enjoyable 8.5 miles in all. Nice mix of elevation changes that provided a real workout. Well-marked and maintained. Highly recommend.

Great trail, well marked and easy to add distance for a more challenging hike. Pay attention (or snap a pic) of the trailhead map to help plan your course. Moderate fits the trail well, with its rising and falling inclination and weaving course.

Nice, short, family-friendly hike. Easy parking and lots of people. We hammocked near the summit and enjoyed a lazy afternoon.

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.

I did both loops today and that pushes it past moderate.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Nice trail for a dog

Walk along the creek on the east loop nice and peaceful

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

These are really good trails with lots to see. We did both loops combined with Coopers Furnace trail, it ended up being a 7.3 miles all together.

beginning is a little challenging...pretty walk on flatter loop

Local favorite.

on Homestead Trail

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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.

The trail is clearly marked and there’s a lot to see. The uphill is decently steep and the summit is beautiful. Be aware that the mileage listed seems to be incorrect. It’s closer to 3.9 miles around the loop and to the summit round trip.

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

I hike a lot. That said, the double loop is sneaky challenging. Great hike and i like that there is the connected, figure 8 loop (East and West). You can decide to do more or less distance depending on how you feel mid hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views from the top! Nice trail.

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