Secluded camping, quiet RV sites, and quaint cabins with waterfront views? Meet Georgia’s favorite backyard camp spot. Surrounded on three sides by Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park is almost literally an island getaway. But unlike your last beach vacation, a trip to Allatoona promises abundant wildlife, mighty forests—and plentiful shade to escape the summer heat. The other good news: Located just 20 minutes from downtown Kennesaw, Red Top Mountain State Park is well within striking range for a spontaneous weekend trip.
Until about 1550 A.D., the ancient Mississippian people called the Allatoona area home. To this day, you can see evidence of their passing at the nearby Etowah Mounds State Historic Site , and in the V-shaped fish traps that line the Etowah River. [Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]Later, the valley became the home of the Yuchi/Uchee (S’atsoyaha) and Cherokee (Tsalaguwetiyi) peoples. In the 1800s, European settlers moved in and established the town of Allatoona, an iron mining and industrial community. The original townsite now lies well beneath the water’s surface; the lake itself was created in 1950 after President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered its creation as a flood-control measure. Today, Lake Allatoona is the cornerstone of the area’s thriving recreation economy and offers more than 270 miles of shoreline to explore.
Whether you’re hoping to pitch a tent or park an RV, Red Top Mountain State Park is a camper’s paradise. Here are your options within the park boundaries (all can be reserved online).
Located near the park’s southern edge, the main campground hosts 93 tent, trailer, and RV sites. It also offers the best trail access of any lodging in the park: Both the Iron Hill and Campground trails are a short walk from camp. There’s also one yurt within the main campground, which sleeps six and offers front-porch views of the glittering lake below.
This secluded group site is located in the center of the park, off Websters Ferry Landing Road. It has a bit more of a backcountry feel and comes with its own private access to the lake. The Pioneer site can host up to 100 people. Water, toilets, and a fire ring are available. [Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]Cabins: The state park also rents out 18 cottages on a shady peninsula that reaches out into the lake. In lieu of a wilderness experience, these offer all the comforts of home within view of the water.