redtop mountain state park
Situated just north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain State Park offers 36 campsites along the shore of Lake Allatoona. The area is heavily wooded with some lake-front sites available. Enjoy boating, swimming, fishing and hiking as well as a great camping experience in this lovely park. The park is often busy and sites are a bit close together. Reservations are not site specific so it is first-come-first-served - get there early for the best spots!
Rating: Three Stars
Close to Atlanta, busy campground, some lake view sites, nice park amenities
We followed I-75 North through Atlanta, though you could take I-285 to avoid the downtown traffic. Be mindful that Atlanta traffic on Fridays is legendary, so plan on being north of the city by 2 pm. You can get to the park several ways, but we chose to take exit 285 for Red Top Mountain Road right into the park. (Glade Road at exit 278 will also take you to the park.) The Visitors Center houses RV campsite check in and you will need a code to get through the campsite gates.
Probably best known for 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain is a favorite among hikers and boaters alike. More than 15 miles of trails weave through the park. The best views of the lake can be seen from the Iron Hill Trail, a four mile gravel trail.
There is a swimming beach as well as just about any water sport available on the lake. Boat rentals are available at some of the marinas.
There are about 36 campsites at Red Top Mountain, so early reservations are advised. They do accommodate walk-ups when there is availability. The campgrounds are gated, so you will need to check in at the Visitors Center to get the gate code.
Sites are well managed and offer electricity and water. There is a dump station on site as well as clean showers. A good alternative campground on Lake Allatoona is McKinney Campground. It is a Army Corps of Engineers campground and offers nice sites with good lake views. If Red Top is full, try McKinney, though we have to admit McKinney has become our favorite campground thus far and we found it quite by accident!