Hike and Swim at Red Top Mountain

Homestead Loop Trailhead

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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RT Distance 5.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1100 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Beach
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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Somewhere Between Easy & Moderate

Completed today - I would not call it intermediate, but it isn't easy either. Good mix between up, down, and flat. Disappointed in the views of the lake and overall scenery - not as I had hoped, mostly just trail and trees with little else. For the distance, still had gas left in the tank so this one is good for those who want to walk/jog without exhausting themselves. Easy to find but get there early as parking is limited and it packs in pretty bad starting mid-morning. Great trail for dogs and kids - many people were out with their dogs and kids due to the shaded path and ease of pace.

Great local Outing

Red Top Mountain offers well-maintained trails that are only moderately difficult and family friendly. The swimming area is great for small kids and big kids alike. In the summer just arrive early, between 9 and 11 for nice temps and low crowds. The sun stays behind the trees until after 1.

Sweet Lake Views

This is a great trail that is pretty close to Atlanta and has multiple beautiful views of Lake Allatoona. I recommend camping at the park and getting an early start to catch some epic sunrise views over the water. There is nothing like the calmness of the water in the morning with the sun intensely reflecting on it. The difficulty of this hike is fairly easy because there is not much elevation gain. If you do not hike too often, the distance could definitely still wear you out. Plenty of cool spots to take a break, so definitely doable by most.


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