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October Meet Location Poll (north GA)

I think we have a few spots in mind. Other options are available. For now the date will be October 16th/17th as it is a camp site, but the meet will be on sunday for those making it a one day thing.

Please don't blindly vote, let us know why you picked what you picked (activities, location, scenery...etc) so if we find something else other than these three we can try to accommodate the most people.

Also if anyone has suggestions on what I can add to this post, let me know and I will edit as needed.

Location 1: Fort Mountain

Fort Mountain State Park
181 Fort Mountain Park Rd
Chatsworth , GA 30705

Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Notice: Gates lock at 10PM. No late access.
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
Georgia State Parks - Fort Mountain State Park

3,712 Acres
17-Acre Lake with Swimming Beach (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend)
70 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$2 - cable TV hookups, some sites close during winter
4 Walk-in Campsites ($15)
6 Platform Campsites ($15)
NEW! Primitive Horse Camping ($50)
15 Cottages ($125-$145) -- #5 and #6 are dog friendly. ($40 per dog, max 2)
7 Picnic Shelters ($40-$50)
Group Shelter (seats 80, $115, seasonal)
Pioneer Campground ($45)
Backcountry Campsites ($9/person)

Hiking and Backpacking - 14 miles of trails
Mountain Biking - 27 miles of trails, fee
Fishing Boat, Canoe and Pedal Boat Rental (May 24 - August 31: Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; September - October: Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Miniature Golf (May 24 - August 31: Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; September - October weather permitting: Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Horseback Riding - 25 miles of trails, horse rentals, stables
- Rules of Stable & Equestrian Trail Use
- Rules of Etiquette
Location 2: Cloudland State Park

122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.
Rising Fawn , GA 30738

Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
(Please note: Gates lock at 10 p.m. No late access.)
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
Georgia State Parks - Cloudland Canyon State Park

3,485 Acres
72 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$2
30 Walk-in Campsites ($15)
11 Backcountry Campsites ($9/person)
16 Cottages ($125-$145) -- #6 and #7 are dog friendly ($40 per dog, max 2)
5 Picnic Shelters ($40)
1 Group Shelter (seats 175, $130)
Pioneer Campground ($45)
Group Lodge (sleeps 40, $205)
Gift Shop

Hiking - 4.8-mile West Rim Loop, 2-mile Waterfalls Trail, 2-mile Backcountry Loop, 6.5-mile Sitton's Gulch Trail and 5.6-mile Long Branch Trail
Disc Golf ($2)
Fishing -- Catfish pond is closed until Labor Day Weekend.
Cloudland Canyon School Program Brochure (pdf document)
Location 3: Red Top Mountain Park


Red Top Mountain Lodge - Features 92 guest rooms ($75-$130), wireless internet, meeting space, a restaurant, and catering. The facilities can accommodate conference groups, parties, and weddings. There lodge also has a swimming pool, which is available for the exclusive use of the park's lodge and cottage guests.

Cottages / Cabins - There are 18 cottages in Red Top Mountain State Park ($100 - $135), two of which are dog friendly.

Camping - TENT, TRAILER, RV - 92 sites ($23 - $25); GROUP CAMPGROUND - Pioneer Campground (the price is dependant on group size)

Park Activities:

Hiking / Trails - HIKING - There are 12 1/2 miles of wooded hiking trails in the park. These vary from 1/2 mile to 5 1/2 miles, traverse the woods and the shoreline, and vary in ratings from easy to moderate. One of the trails is a 3/4 mile paved loop trail that is ADA accessible and is is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. The paved trail passes the Vaughn cabin, which hosts a variety of park programs, and includes sections that pass along the shoreline of Lake Allatoona. Map

Mountain Biking - The Iron Hill Bike Trail is a 3.9 mile shared use (hiking and biking) gravel path. It includes sections along the banks of Lake Allatoona.

Allatoona Lake - BOATING - There is a privately owned full service marina in Red Top Mountain State Park where you can rent slips, buy gas, visit the marina store, and rent boats. There are also boat ramps available for use by park visitors but they are currently closed due to the drought. SWIMMING - A swimming beach is open during the warmest months of the year. FISHING - Lake Allatoona is a popular place to fish. Anglers try their luck from the shoreline and from boats. Georgia fishing laws are enforced, which means if you are over 16 years old you must have a license to fish.

Picnics / Parties - OUTDOOR PICNIC SHELTERS - There are seven covered picnic areas. They are $40 per day and include barbeque grills, picnic tables, and trash cans. This fee is in addition to the per vehicle charge for entering the park. Red Top Mountain also has two GROUP SHELTERS that are great for larger parties $230 - $250). These facilities can accommodate more people (#1 - up to 100 people, #2 - 200 people) than the picnic shelters and are quite nice facilities. They offer a large enclosed space, are climate controlled (both are heated, #1 has air conditioning), have a full kitchen, and their own bathrooms.

This website is not affiliated with the State of Georgia or Red Top Mountain State Park. The contact information for the park, operated by the state of Georgia Department of Natural Resources:

Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Rd SE
Cartersville, GA 30121

Reservations (800) 864-7275
Lodge Reservations (800) 573-9658
Visitor Center (770) 975-4226
In case we come up with other ideas, they will be added below.
Location 4: Summit Racing in McDonough. (I'll pull the address in a bit)
Location 5: TBD

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