Friday, September 20, 2013

Hiking with Dogs at Red Top Mountain

Rocco pauses on a log on the White Tail Trail at Red Top Mountain
Last weekend we joined up with one of our favorite dog hiking Meetup groups for a hike at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Ga.  One of the fun things about Meetup groups is discovering places we haven't been before. And while I've been to Red Top Mountain, I didn't know about the Iron Hill Bike/Hike trail, the 3.9 mile trail we tackled with our Meetup group last weekend.

Red Top Mountain was once an important mining area for iron, and this trail is named for the soil's rich red color caused by high iron-ore content.


One of the nice things about this trail it winds along the banks of Lake Allatoona, and there's a nice spot where dogs can swim. However the park rules say that pets should be kept on a leash at all times with a maximum leash length of six feet. So the dogs in our group waded in, but there wasn't a whole lot of swimming.

After our walk along the scenic Iron Hill Trail, we decided to explore a few more trails in the park. Red Top Mountain has more than 15 miles of hiking trails including:

  • The Lakeside Trail, a .75-mile paved trail suitable for wheelchairs that includes a reconstructed 1860s log cabin
  • The WhiteTail Trail, a 1-mile trail that leads to a scenic point at the edge of Lake Allatoona
We decided to explore these first since they seemed most scenic.


First we explored the paved Lakeside trail, above, which included the 1869 homestead, benches along the banks and a dock with a lovely view of the lake.


Then, we headed to the White Tail trail -- named after Rocco's white tail... or maybe not! This is the trail that winds up at a scenic point overlooking the 12,000 acre Lake Allatoona. Rocco and I enjoyed the view from the rocks. 

We'll have to go back another day to check out the three other trails that range from .75 miles to 5.5 miles in length. 




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18 comments:

  1. Wow! 12k acre. Sounds like you had a super fun time!

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    1. It's a great park! I hadn't been there in a while and forgot how nice it is!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  2. I can't believe that Rocco has a trail named after him! How cool. Looks like great trails - and some great exercise.

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    1. I know! We had to do the White Tail Trail! I had never walked that one before either. I've only walked some of the main trails -- the other one's not mentioned in this post.
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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    1. Ha! Rocco does NOT tire out! At least I haven't seen it yet!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  4. Looks like a nice wooded area to hike. I like that there was a swimming spot, but you did not mention if there were lots of squirrels and wabbits to watch and chase. I bet there were with all the woods. Hiking/walking somewhere new is always so much fun.

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    1. oh yeah! There were lot's of critters to chase! Rocco and I did a lot of sprinting since I did want to keep him leashed, and it's required!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  5. looks like a great trail & a great group of people & dogs to go hiking with. Love your photos of the trip. Particularly the one with Rocco standing & looking at the lake. For a minute there I thought the lead was attached to the wrong part of his body.....It took me a while to realize that it's his tail that's white. Funny!!! Rocco certainly has a whole lot of fluff going on there.....

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    1. Ha! That's funny! It is hard to tell which end is which... especially when he's sleeping!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  6. What a beautiful place to hike. :)

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  7. What a perfect picture in front of the White Tail sign! Very cute :)

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  8. What a beautiful walk and great pictures! Love Dolly

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  9. That looks like such a wonderful park, with so many different trails and bodies of water, and scenery to enjoy. With varied terrain and distances it seems like there's something for everyone.
    How nice that you have dog meetup groups too, that's something we should do around here.

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  10. We talked about Red Top Mountain and yes, this is exactly the trail I used to hike with Murphy & Cecil and Dr. Batchelor's (sp?) group way back in the '90's...My girls loved that trail, especially the beach and i just know that Rocco did too...Maybe one day Gizmo will get there...Thanks for the memories :)

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