Description: Nearly 2,000 acres of mixed hardwood-pine forests on 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona, this park is a very scenic part of Georgia's Piedmont hill country. Scenic views of Lake Allatoona are available from the many trails throughout the park. This is a particularly beautiful spot for fall leaf color.
Viewing Information: Red Top Mountain is one of the best wildlife viewing sites within an hour's drive of downtown Atlanta. As with most of the State parks, wildlife is abundant and easily viewed.Roadside wildlife viewing areas and nature trails are managed specifically for wildlife viewing. Lakeside Trail is wheelchair accessible and is a demonstration area for attracting backyard wildlife. Bird feeders, nest boxes, wildlife plantings, and observation platforms are numerous throughout the park. White-tailed deer are abundant and readily observed. Ruby-throated hummingbirds and red-headed woodpeckers are also quite abundant. The miles of shoreline make it easy to find a quiet place to observe waterfowl and wading birds. This park is impressive year-round in both scenic beauty and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Directions: From Atlanta, travel north on I-75. Turn east at exit 123 and travel 1.5 miles to the entrance.
Management: Georgia DNR, Parks and Historic Sites Division, 770-975-0055 (Lodge) or 770-975-4203 (Visitors Center)
Closest Town: Cartersville, GA
Site Notes: observation platforms, tours, hotel, interpretive programs, handicapped accessible trail, swimming beach, group shelters, conference rooms
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