Hike and Swim at Red Top Mountain

Georgia Homestead Loop Trailhead

Added by Jeremy Cournyea

Head north on Homestead Trail and don't stop. The hidden swimming hole awaits!

The Georgia summer is no joke. Fortunately, Red Top Mountain's Homestead Trail hosts enough shade and swimming for all adventurers.

The 5.5 mile loop is located on a large peninsula stretching out into Lake Allatoona. Hikers enter a lush forest of wildlife and will encounter moderate elevation changes. Red Top Mountain gets it's name from the high concentration on iron ore in the soil. The natural rusting provides beautiful color contrast to photographers and enthusiasts.

The more daring can venture off trail at the northern most point of the loop and find a large swimming hole. Its a great place for a refreshing dip or picnic before completing the loop.

Park Map and Brochure

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Swim Gear
  • Compass
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



5.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1100 Feet



Swimming Hole

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18 days ago

Perfect fall hike

One of the best hikes I've done in GA! It provided a decent workout and the lake was picturesque. Plenty of inlets to the lake as well. I went at 10am on a Sunday and it was fairly crowded. By the time I finished it was really packed in the parking lot. Do it!

18 days ago

4 months ago

Perfect sunday

Great hike, wonderful swimming in warm water

4 months ago

6 months ago

My Favorite Spot

It could just be because I'm a local, however Red Top is my go-to spot when I want to spend some time outdoors. There's plenty of walking/hiking trails, beach areas, marinas that allow you to rent boats/kayaks. There are also some great camping grounds and places to fish. It's a wonderful get away just minutes from I-75 that's perfect for the family, or just solo. Tips from a local: 1. Go on a weekday if you want less crowds. 2. If you don't want to go swimming, kayaking, or to rent a boat, try to find a parking area that doesn't require a fee. There's plenty of parking in the area! 3. Glade Marina is a great place to rent kayaks if you don't have any of your own. **Check Groupon to see if they have any deals before you go!**

6 months ago

6 months ago

Good hike

I've never swam here but I do enjoy the hike. It's not too far from Kennesaw, where I live. So that's a plus. There are also great camping opportunities in this park.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Great Place For A Run And Swim

Me and my cross country team stopped by here on our way to a summer camp. It had very nice hills with wonderful elevation change for running. After we worked up a sweat we took a swim which was equally enjoyable. All around a very nice place.

7 months ago

Added by Jeremy Cournyea

I am an Atlanta based cinematographer/photographer working in film and television production. As an Eagle Scout, I grew to love the outdoors and now have begun merging my two passions into one. Always down for an adventure and looking forward to collaborating.

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