Thursday, August 23, 2012

Red Top Mountain Park

Sunday morning, Doodle decided that instead of me working on the house in the weeds, a much needed break was in order.  We hopped into the car and headed south... to where you ask, we did not have a plan.  We decided to head to Red Top Mountain Park with a detour to the Etowah Indian Mounds.  It was cloudy, rainy, and dreary as we found our way to the Indian Mounds, which turned out to be closed!  That is what lack of planning will do for you!

Next stop Red Top Mountain which is a state park about 40 miles outside of Atlanta. I have no idea why it is called Red Top, maybe the leaves turn red in the fall?  By the time we found the park (after making a huge circle and just missing the entrance), it had stopped raining.  This was our first visit and while most of the activities center around the lake and river, they did have a couple of hiking trails.  Off we went on the yellow loop, transferred to the red loop, and ended on the white loop where the river meets the lake. 

It sprinkled a bit, but, overall was a beautiful morning spent in the woods and sitting by the water, a welcome departure from the weeds that still need attention at the house.


  1. Sounds very peaceful and nice :)

    GB, do you realize that you are a NoReplyComment blog reader? Read this post and the one it links to to find out what the heck I'm talking about :)

  2. Hey GB, google alerts brought me to your site. I'm the Naturalist at Red Top and wanted to let you know the park is called Red Top because of the high iron ore content in the soil that makes it red. Over 100 years ago there was a mining community that lived in and around what is now the park. Thanks for visiting us and we hope you'll come back! (And sorry about the Mounds, budget cuts a few years ago forced them to reduce their days of operation - they're open 9 am - 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday).