Red Top Mountain SP Camping and Two Cross Stitch Finishes

Hello Everyone! We spent a few days at Red Top Mountain SP last week which is only 30 minutes from home. We had beautiful weather, but did come home a day early because of the rain forecast. If we had stayed the extra day, we would have been packing up everything in the rain which is never fun.

First though, I have two cross stitch finishes.

Pumkins 4-Sale by Little House Needleworks

First up is Pumpkins 4-Sale. I finished this one while we were camping and I’ll have all the details when I fully finish it.

November by The Prairie Schooler

I also finished November. If you’re familiar with the chart, I left off the words. I plan on doing that with several Prairie School designs so I can finish them the same way.

Now for our camping trip.

Lake Allatoona from the camp ground

We camped at Red Top Mountain State Park which is on Lake Allatoona between Acworth and Cartersville in the NW suburbs of Atlanta. This was our fifth or sixth trip here but probably not for ten years or more. Because it’s so close to home, we camped here with the kids when we had our pop-up. We could check in and get the site set up, then pick the kids up from school. We had a lot of fun times with the kids, especially in the fall when we could do the haunted hay-rides on weekend nights.

We were in Campsite 67, a 40′ site with a view of the lake on our “patio” behind the camper. This campsite is pretty much in the middle of the park and equal distance and a longish walk to the three bath houses. We would have never stayed here in the pop-up, too far from the bathrooms.

Rpod 179

We did have to raise the left tire slightly, but overall the site was level. We had lots of room, too. Most of the sites at Red Top are set up for a trailer and a tent or two tents. There are also many sites that are just suitable for tents. If you are planning a trip, be aware that the sites on one loop that’s on the lake have no power and water. The first picture of the lake was taken from the site that’s closest to the water. A beautiful view, but no hookups down there. The bathrooms were old, but very clean.

Our “patio” behind the Rpod
We enjoyed our afternoon cocktail while overlooking the lake.

The pictures don’t show it well, but you could see the lake much better while we were sitting there. It was very quiet because it was during the week. Lake Allatoona is a very busy lake and there are lots of boats on it during the weekend. Before we started camping, we kept a boat at one of the marina’s and really enjoyed the lake. After a year of having the pop-up, we sold the boat and started exploring more with the camper.

It was finally cool enough that we could enjoy a fire after dinner each night. This was the first time we have only spent two nights out in a long time. We felt we didn’t have enough stuff, especially after out last trip to Rock Island SP when we were out for 5 nights.

Abandoned bath house on the Iron Hill Trail

On our one full day, we took a hike on the Iron Hill Trail. There is a connector trail from the camp ground that is about a mile long each way. The Iron Hill Trial is 3.9 miles. We hiked about 6 miles total from our camp site.

Lunch view

The Iron Hill Trail is a biking and hiking trail. It loops around one of the fingers of the lake. The main part of the trail is relatively smooth and wide to accommodate the bikes which makes for nice hiking. Once you get down to the lake, you can see it from most of the trail. There are concreate picnic tables all along the trail and two abandoned bath houses. It was obviously a camp ground at one time, either run by the park or the Corp of Engineers.

We hiked for an hour before we stopped for a 15-20 lunch break. This is our usual lunch on our hikes. The tuna pack is easy to carry. I like mine with bread instead of the crackers that come in the pack.

The trees were just starting to show some color. You can see that it was a beautiful day. When we started the hike, it was in the high 50’s, then warmed up to the mid 60’s later in the day.

We saw these two munching away on their lunch. They watched us as we passed by, but didn’t run away.

We had a great trip and if you are looking for someplace with lots to do, Red Top is a great place. There’s a beach, play ground, mini golf and lots of picnic areas. There’s also a historic cabin and learning center where they have programs on the weekends. There is easy hiking on a paved path on the lake and several more hiking trails that go around the lake. Lots of big rocks for the kids to climb on in the campground, too. It’s close to I75, so would be a good overnight stop. We suspected we had some of that both nights.

I made new curtains for the RPod since the last trip. The ones that were in there were a blah green and I wanted to add more color. I think I managed to do that and look how well those plaids match!

I also had the view of the lake from the kitchen window this time. Makes time in the kitchen more enjoyable.

We are defiantly “Happy Campers” and enjoy our time away! Thanks for stopping by.

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3 Responses to Red Top Mountain SP Camping and Two Cross Stitch Finishes

  1. Sounds like you had a great time! I am a camping and boating lover, also.


  2. Little Quiltsong says:

    Love your cute cross stitch finishes. Enjoyed hearing of your camping trip. Getting away from it all, is always rejuvenating.


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