LakeALLATOONA is calling!
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six participating marinas. All the proceeds go to Folds of Honor, a charity that provides educational scholarships to the children of fallen and disabled veterans. In December boat owners festively decorate their boats with lights and form a Christmas boat parade around Lake Allatoona called Lights on the Lake. The exact date and time will be announced at a later date. Also on Lake Allatoona you’ll find Red Top Mountain State Park off I-75 North. The state park holds events that combine music with nature, such as bluegrass musicians performing locally historic music. The park offers campgrounds, a sand swimming beach, picnic shelters, miniature golf, and hiking trails, including a short paved trail suitable for wheelchairs.
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Contributing to the recreation opportunities around the Lake Allatoona area, the Cherokee YMCA at Bells Ferry Road specializes in youth camping and lake activities, This location boasts pavilions, playgrounds, an outdoor pool, and sports fields.
west side may wonder why so many places reflect the name of Victoria. The answer dates back to the early 1800s. Still part of the Cherokee Nation in the early 1800s, Cherokee County became prosperous and progressive because of its excellent farmland. While corn grew in the bottomland, in the upland, cotton grew in such abundance that it covered the ground like a white blanket. Locals established two churches—New Bethel Baptist Church and Philadelphia, a Campbellite denomination—and one schoolhouse, New Bethel School. A thriving country store stood in South Cherokee County at the intersection of Canton-Acworth Road and Bells Ferry Road. The owner, a man named Robinson whose first name has been lost in history, named the store for his wife, Victoria. Legend has it that Victoria Robinson befriended natives and white settlers alike, giving aid in the form of food, shelter, and medicine to anyone in need. Because of her generosity, the Cherokee Indians and the U.S. government gifted her with land that stretched from southwest Cherokee County into north Cherokee County. The region became known as the Victoria area. After building Allatoona Dam, the Army Corps of Engineers respected her memory and officially named Victoria Landing after her. As the population grew and the land surrounding Lake Allatoona developed, specific regions kept her name, such as Victoria Campground, Victoria Day Use Area, Victoria Park, Victoria Crossing, Port Victoria, Victoria Road, Victoria Cottages, Victoria Station, and more, all in the Victoria area.
The Georgia state chapter of Wildlife Action Inc., located on Kellogg Creek Road in Acworth, is a nonprofit organization providing outdoor education, preservation, and conservation for the lakes, rivers, and wetlands of Lake Allatoona. It offers fellowship and sportsmanship from Scout projects to weddings, as well as camping, kayaking, and boating. The Wildlife Action slogan is “to put back more than we take.” The Georgia chapter’s motto is “local folks solving local problems.” Continuing the leisure activities in the Allatoona area, Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base is a lakefront adventure and training area for the growth and enjoyment of youth involved in Scouts. This all-volunteer camp focuses on water-related activities, with a wide range of opportunities that allow both Scout troops and Venture Crews in the Atlanta area to have fun and gain skills without traveling far. Water activities may abound in the area, but what about mealtime? Lake Allatoona offers three restaurants, with two in Cherokee County—JD’s on the Lake at Bells Ferry Road, open from April through October, and Sunset Grill at Victoria Marina, across from Victoria Campground. In addition, Allatoona Grill is located at Groovers Landing Road in Acworth, Bartow County. All these local eateries are approachable by land or boat.