Red Top Mountain Homestead Trail Red Top Mountain State Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 5.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.9 Easy
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
740
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Lollipop
Loop
Red Top Mountain Homestead Trail

May 18, 2020 - Many parks and hiking trails are open but some are still closed or limiting capacity. Call ahead to verify status if possible. While hiking, continue to follow social distancing practices. Stay safe people.

The Homestead Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park makes a great hike for anyone looking to get in a few miles without too much difficulty. The park offers several trail options and this hike has a few combo options described below. Good for dogs and kids.

The yellow-blazed Homestead Trail is a lollipop loop that begins in front of the Trading Post on Red Top Mountain Road but can also be accessed from the Visitor Center. Both have restrooms and maps. From the Trading Post (the bottom blue marker on the map), the trail heads north, joining twice with the red-blazed Sweet Gum Trail before crossing a road. Here the trail splits to form the loop portion. The elevation map below shows the loop hiked clockwise.

If you stick to the Homestead Trail, your hike will be 5.3 miles. Because parking is limited at the Trading Post, you may have to park at the much larger Visitor Center. You can then access the trail by taking the Sweet Gum Trail at the entrance to the parking lot for a quarter mile to connect at the road crossing intersection. From here, turn right away from the road for the loop portion of the trail. Starting here and just doing the Homestead Loop section will make a 3.5 mile hike if you're looking for something shorter.

There are a few side trails throughout, but the main trail is easy to identify. All intersections either have signs or posted maps and blazes are pretty numerous so getting lost shouldn't be an issue. Although you hike near Allatoona Lake, there's really only one place along the way that gets you out from the trees for a proper view. In winter, you'll have through-the-tree views for a good way of the trail.

Once you complete the loop portion, you have a few options for your return trip. You can retrace your steps along the Homestead Trail or you can take the Sweet Gum Trail to make a double loop. You can take the Sweet Gum before re-crossing the road to head to the Visitor Center. Walk through the parking lot to the other side where the trail picks up and continues to the Trading Post trailhead. This will add about .2 miles to your trip. Or take one of the intersections after the road for the shortest route back, cutting a half mile off your hike.

If you take the Sweet Gum Trail before re-crossing the road, consider taking the .9 mile white-blazed White Tail spur trail out to another great view of the lake. This will make your total hike about 6.4 miles.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
1.3 mi
151 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.9 mi
299 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.5 mi
288 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
324 ft
52 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
65 ft
13 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
1.2 mi
175 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.9 mi
293 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.5 mi
285 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
255 ft
40 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
51 ft
10 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Details
length5.3 miles
difficulty4.9 Easy
duration2 - 3 hours
features Dog Friendly  Lake 
trail typeLollipop Loop
blazeYellow (Homestead), Red (Sweet Gum), White (White Tail)
elevation gain740 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestRed Top Mountain State Park
visitor infoVisitor Center
50 Lodge Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102
770-975-0055 (Park), 770-975-4226 (Visitor Center)
hours7am - Dark (Park), 8am - 5pm (Office)
parking fee$5/Day, $50 Annual Pass
trailhead coordinates 34.147963, -84.707438 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°8.88, W 84°42.45 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°8'53'', N 34°8'53'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.147963, -84.707438 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°8.88, W 84°42.45 most GPS units use this one
N 34°8'53'', N 34°8'53'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
If the parking lot at the Trading Post is full, head to the Visitor Center (34.154669, -84.703077). Turn right out of the parking lot and then right on Park Marina Road, following signs to the Visitor Center.
Parking Capacity
30 parking spots at the Trading Post lot, 100+ at the Visitor Center.
Notes
Watch for traffic when crossing the road.
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Average Review Rating
4 (2)
hikethesouth-3 days ago
Still Classic Forest Hike, Less Views
The first time I hiked this back in 2012 the water level was significantly lower and it was early spring. Half the hike had lake views through the tress and there were several rocky beaches to explore the lake on. Now in summer, the lake views are all but gone except for one spot with a bench that still has great views and some of the beaches are now back underwater. Even so, this is still a good hike, if not just for it's length and still relative easy difficulty. This is a great hike to get a few miles in even if you are new to hiking. Add the White Tail trail for more views of the lake and return on the Sweet Gum trail to make a 6.4 mile double loop. Excellent way to spend the day.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2020
hikethesouth-2 years ago
Good Length Hike With a Bit of Difficulty
This is a good hike with some really nice views of Lake Allatoona. This is a good beginner hike that's not too short and has some difficulty to it, but not much. Good for families that don't mind a longer hike.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2012
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