Allatoona Pass Red Top Mountain State Park, GA
DURATION 1-2 hours
Allatoona Pass

March 24, 2020 - Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many parks and hiking trails are closed. It is advised that you do not travel to hike. Many trails have been swarmed with visitors which only helps spread the virus. Stay safe people.

Just an hour north of Atlanta and a short drive from neighboring Red Top Mountain State Park, the Allatoona Pass trail offers several easy miles of history and nature. A small network of trails and tons of historical markers make this a great quick getaway for a family hike and a boon for history buffs who want to stretch their legs.

From the end of the small parking lot, your eyes will be drawn to the impressive 175 foot deep cut into the mountain side of Allatoona Pass. Immediately to your right before the pass will be Memorial field, recognizing both the Union and Confederate troops that fought at the Battle of Allatoona Pass on October 5th, 1864. This side trail continues up the hill along the old Tennessee Wagon route and will intersect with other trails in the park. Continue on through the pass, enjoying the shade and cooler air in between the moss strewn rock walls while walking along the original route of the Western and Atlantic railroad.

At the opposite end of the pass are side trails on either side. Head up the steps on the left to visit the site of Star Fort along a quarter mile trail. This is the steepest section of the park, but still is very manageable. Once you have returned to the main trail, hike up the trail to the right starting at the small footbridge. Travelling past several information markers, this trail crosses the Tennessee Wagon route that terminates at Memorial Field. Continue straight through this four way intersection to visit the Eastern Redoubt. This trail eventually loops back around at the Crow’s Nest, a signal platform atop a 60 foot pine tree. During the battle, information was sent from here to General Sherman by way of a signal station on Kennesaw Mountain 18 miles away.

Explore this area and the many information signs before retracing your steps back to the pass. Continue along the wide, flat trail until it ends at a gate in another .7 miles. Along here will be the Grave of an Unknown Hero on the left as well as several views of Lake Allatoona on the right. If you want to get a little more mileage and enjoy a relaxing stroll along the lake, from the parking lot, continue along the top of the hill toward the marina. This will add just under a mile and is a great way to end this enjoyable park.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
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length2.8 miles
difficulty4.2 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  History  Lake 
trail typeTrail System
elevation gain270 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestRed Top Mountain State Park
ranger districtRed Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.113701, -84.714965 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°6.82, W 84°42.9 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°6'49'', N 34°6'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.113701, -84.714965 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°6.82, W 84°42.9 most GPS units use this one
N 34°6'49'', N 34°6'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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From Exit 283 on I-75, take Old Allatoona Rd SE east for 1.5 miles. The small parking lot is on the left.
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hikethesouth-2 years ago
History Buff Paradise
Come for the history but stay for the... well... history. For the most part, the hike is less than impressive outside of the actual pass. Good for families with small kids.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2013
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