Recreation, Parks, and Gardens
Because Cartersville is located on the Etowah River near Lake Allatoona, recreational activities abound in the local region. Lake Allatoona is 12,000 acres in size and it has more than 1,000 secluded tent and RV campsites along its shoreline, plus numerous areas for picnicking, fishing, boating, waterskiing and swimming. The 1,562-acre Red Top Mountain State Park is located on a peninsula of Lake Allatoona and it has 92 tent and RV campsites, 18 cottages, group picnic shelters, hiking trails, swimming areas, boat ramps and docks, fishing areas and tennis courts.
The Lodge at Red Top Mountain has 33 guest rooms, a restaurant, a convention center and a conference center. There are also 12 miles of adventurous hiking trails that wind through the Red Top Mountain Park including Homestead Trail, Sweetgum Trail, Whitetail Trail, Lakeside Trail, Iron Hill Trail and the Allatoona Pass Civil War Interpretation Trail.
The City of Cartersville offers a wide variety of recreational programs
Cartersville’s Recreation Department offers a wide variety of sports programs for youth and adults such as baseball, football, basketball, soccer, tennis, aerobics, gymnastics, cheerleading and swimming. The Recreation department is also responsible for managing and operating the Cartersville Baseball Complex, the Gymnastics Center, Cartersville Civic Center, Aubrey Street Pool and Dellinger Park.
The 111-acre Dellinger Park is Cartersville’s most popular public park because it contains the Olympic sized Dellinger Park Pool, tennis courts, athletic fields, a miniature golf course, 2 miles of walking paths, a lake and a gazebo. In June of 2000, Cartersville acquired Miriam Farm, a 237-acre property with several miles of hiking trails including 2,800 ft. of pathway along the Etowah River. In late 2002, the city acquired the Pine Mountain property and another 226 acres of public land was dedicated to public use.
The Barnsley Gardens are only 10 miles from Cartersville
The Barnsley Gardens Resort has been attracting visitors since 1841. The Barnsley Gardens and Manor House Ruins contain more than 125 heirloom variety flowers and plants, and day visitors are welcome. At the resort’s Outpost Sporting Center, people can participate in various recreational sports activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and tennis. The Barnsley Gardens Resort is located at 597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville, (770) 773-7480.