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Red Top Mountain Lakeside Trail

Follow the ADA accessible Lakeside Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park, exploring an ultra-scenic, paved, kid-friendly path on the Allatoona Lake shore and visiting a historic cabin.

georgia hiking trails: 0-2 miles .75 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
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georgia hiking trails: dog-friendly Dog-
?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:on Lake Allatoona in North Georgia

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

It’s not a long trail. And it’s not a challenging one. But the Lakeside Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park is a great walk or jog for families with young children.

From the reflective, glassy waters of a cove on Allatoona Lake, to a trio of historic buildings, the trail packs a lot of beauty and interest in a short distance. And the Lakeside Trail runs nearly level and is paved, too, for easy access and ADA accessibility.

Red Top Mountain Lakeside Trail: catch stunning views of Lake Allatoona

Follow the ADA accessible Lakeside Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park, exploring an ultra-scenic, paved, kid-friendly path on the Allatoona Lake shore and visiting a historic cabin. #running #northgeorgia #atlanta #georgia #travel #outdoors #adventure

Red Top Mountain Lakeside Trail: the details

The Lakeside Trail departs the park’s office and visitor center (view maps and driving directions), following a paved path on the southern end of the parking area. Approaching the shore of Allatoona Lake, the trail meanders under a canopy of long-needled pine and deciduous trees. The trail catches nearly continual views of a lake inlet, with glassy, calm water reflecting the treeline of the opposite shore.

The Lakeside Trail passes several benches and shaded picnic areas as it contours the Allatoona Lakeshore. The trail arcs westbound at .35 mile to visit the Vaughn cabin, a historic 1800s cabin that was recently moved to the park.

Red Top Mountain State Park: hike a kid-friendly trail to a historic log cabin on the shore of Allatoona Lake

Departing the cabin, the Lakeside Trail loops northward, passing a second, smaller log cabin and approaching the shore of Allatoona Lake once again.

The trail loops to the southwest, following the western banks of the peninsula before reaching the park office at just over .6 mile, completing the trail.

More Red Top Mountain adventures

Visiting the park, and up for a longer hike? Check out the scenic, 3.8 mile Red Top Mountain Iron Hill Loop Trail or the rolling, 5.3 mile Homestead Trail on the Allatoona Lake shore.

Leave No Trace: Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails and Trailful are official Leave No Trace partners

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Red Top Mountain State Park Lakeside Trail Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

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This trail is maintained thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers and donations from supporters of the Friends of Georgia State Parks. Please support them by making a donation or joining a volunteer day. Let's work together to keep these fantastic trails maintained and open for use!

Driving Directions



GPS Coordinates

34.153650, -84.702717     //     N34 09.219 W84 42.163

Elevation Profile

Red Top Mountain State Park Lakeside Trail Elevation Profile

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.