Iron Hill Trail - Trail, Cartersville, GA, Georgia

Iron Hill Trail - Trail, Cartersville, GA, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

YES! There is a Mountain Bike Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park. It is the Iron Hill Trail. (100 years ago the site of old iron ore pit mining). Go about 1 mile past bridge and over lake past visitors center (take right fork past Administration offices) and look for the sign on right for the Iron Hill Trail (Mountain Biker Logo on sign!). Gravel road and entrance w much parking on right.

Designed primarily for beginners and mid level w a gravel double track. It is about a 4 mile loop … IF you stay on gravel. Look for "five points" about half the way around (as you go from one side of the peninsula to the other) at this intersection of the loop and several old roads go south (up hill) and climb to explore old roads and some single track that will lead to highest point of peninsula...look for steep trails down to lake where there are numerous sandy beaches.

Having spoken w the rangers several times they explained the plans for additional 8 miles of trails that will loop around the upper peninsula. (Total of 12 miles) Four mile loop can be a great CV workout when trail is not crowded ( it hardly ever is)... Be sure to explore the upper peninsula some good climbs there!

Much of the trail winds through an older (40 -50 yrs old) long-closed campground... look for the old hand pump wells at several locations around loop...

Address for Red Top Mountain State Park w directions. http://gastateparks.org/info/redtop/


Happy trails!

Jay Mac

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 05, 2015]
Sappenfield
Weekend Warrior

My sister and I rode this trail on Friday, October 2, 2015. Even though there had been rain all week, the trail was in great shape. We used to camp in the old abandoned campground as kids in the 1970's, so it was fun to see the camp remains and the old comfort station in the woods. We loved the trail and the views.

Customer Service

We did it clockwise, however either way seems like it would be a great ride

Similar Products Used:

Blankets Creek

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 29, 2012]
T135
Weekend Warrior

The review right before this one is very accurate. I'm not sure I can add much more except it's also a great family ride. If you want to just ride and relax without being totally focused on technical trail mayhem, this is the place.

Will ride with family again and hope they add more length this year!! I rate it a 5 for being great for what it is supposed to be.

Customer Service

Only rode clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Blankets Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 08, 2010]
Crusty1207
Cross Country Rider

Iron Hill Trail is a fun trail that was definitely worth the 3 hour drive for me. It is located in Red Top Mountain State Park and is one of the 11 featured trails located in different state parks that make up the Georgia State Parks' "Muddy Spokes Club" Challenge. The trail winds its way along the banks of Lake Allatoona and travels through a mixture of hardwoods, pines and rock outcroppings. The trail has lots of nice scenery and chances to view wildlife are abundant.

The trail has a real good flow and feel to it that includes nice climbing and descending sections, a few switchbacks, bridges, and a good gravel trailbed surface that is wide enough to avoid other users. It offers a nice workout for the lungs and legs. Overall it was not too difficult. Iron Hill was a lot of fun and I had a blast riding it.

Customer Service

I rode it clockwise but either way is fine it seems.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 02, 2008]
harryr
Cross Country Rider

Great for the non-warrior. Lots of side trails for rests and observing nature. Side trails also give access to secluded areas and beaches great for picniking, nude sunbathing, and skinnydipping.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 11, 2008]
GTScott
Weekend Warrior

I won't expand on what the previous reviewer stated as they were correct on all counts. What I will add is that this is a good, laid back trail for a beginner. It is as flat as they come and is wide with good lines of sight. I utilized this track for my wife as she was getting used to the sport of mountain biking. It would be a much more child friendly trail than some of the other local trails as well.

Customer Service

4.25 mile loop clockwise

Similar Products Used:

Blankets Creek

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 06, 2007]
hjm
Cross Country Rider

Great scenery. I always see deer and some turkey, never crowded, most of the trail prallels the lake allatoona shore line.
Trail very well-maintained by Red Top Mountain State Park Maintenence Crew.... blow-down is usually removed the next day! 4-7 miles of fire road and some rough single track. The core of the system is a 4 mile gravel loop. Some really old cool iron ore mines by the trail.

Customer Service

Clock wise

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 28, 2007]
prayer
Cross Country Rider

Four mile gravel loop w several branches into the upper peninsula at the Five Points intersection. Great views w deer, turkey, raccoons in the afternoons.

Originally proposed as a 12 mile asphalt loop of the Iron Cove Peninsula the route is now gradually becoming a gravel single-track. The money ran out and there will be no asphalt...

Well maintained by the great folks who run Red Top Mountain State Park. Rarely crowded. A good place to hit after work from NW Atlanta area…always open (even after heaviest of rains) as gravel base provides stable base.

I use the 4 mile loop course to time myself on 2 to 4 laps (8-16 miles) and ride it flat out. For some rougher & steeper climbs go explore the upper (higher elevations) peninsula. I rate overall as a 4 which is stretching... but this is a great start fo this State Park. Ideal place for beginners or intermediates. Much Potential for expansion on upper peninsula.

This area was a thriving iron ore mining community in the 1840’s till the 1920’s. There are some steep tailings mounds and deep ore cuts to explore.

Not a Blankets or Bear Creek but close by and never crowded on a week night … or on the weekend!

Customer Service

Clockwise from the parking area.

Similar Products Used:

Blankets Creek, Bear Creek, Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
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