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Red Top Mountain

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield

Etowah Indian Mounds


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he Friends of Red Top Mountain and Etowah Indian Mounds are pleased to bring you the 2013 Special Event Guide. Friends is a non-profit organization that supports Georgia’s state parks and historic sites. Inside this guide we’re sure that you’ll find something for everyone... Interested in Native American history? Be sure to check out the Etowah Indian Mounds which boasts the secondtallest Mississippian-period mound in the country! Fascinated by the Civil War? You won’t want to miss Pickett’s Mill, one of the best-preserved battlefields in the nation. Looking to spend an entire day (or two or three) in the outdoors? Visit Red Top Mountain and enjoy hiking, biking, boating, and more! _________________________________

If you’re going to be visiting a few of Georgia’s state parks and historic sites this year, consider purchasing a Friends Annual Pass. Not only will you get free admission to all parks and historic sites for one year, you’ll receive free nights of camping or rounds of golf, discounts on merchandise and a subscription to Georgia’s Great Places. For more information ask at the park or check out: friendsofgastateparks.org


~PROGRAMMING~ This guide does not include all of the programs offered at these parks, only the annual special events. In addition to the special events, many public programs are offered at each site and scheduled a month or two in advance. For the most complete and up-to-date programming information call the park(s) or visit:

gastateparks.org All programs are subject to change or cancellation without notice, at any time. ~PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAMS~ A variety of programs for private groups (schools, scouts, youth groups, families and more) can be scheduled at each park. Call the park(s) for group rates, available programs, and to schedule an event.


~CONTACT INFORMATION~ Red Top Mountain State Park

50 Lodge Rd SE Cartersville, GA 30121 Park Office: (770) 975-0055 Park Hours: 7 am-10 pm ParkPass or Annual Pass required on all vehicles Directions: 45 minutes north of Atlanta near Cartersville, 1.5 miles east of I-75 exit #285.

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site

4432 Mt. Tabor Church Rd Dallas, GA 30157 Museum: (770) 443-7850 Hours: Thursday - Saturday / 9 am-5 pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission: $3.00- $5.50 Group rates are available with advance notice. Directions: Take I-20 exit #44. Turn left onto Thornton Rd. (Hwy 278) West. Follow Hwy 278 for 10 miles. Make a right onto Hwy 92. Travel North on Hwy 92 for approximately 6 miles. Look for brown Pickett's Mill signs as you continue. Turn left onto Due West Rd. Continue 2 miles. Turn right onto Mt. Tabor Church Rd. The site is 1/2 mile on the right.

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site

813 Indian Mounds Road, SE Cartersville , GA 30120 Museum: (770) 387-3747 Hours: Wednesday-Saturday / 9 am-5 pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission: $3.00-$5.50 Group rates are available with advance notice. Bus parking available. Directions: 5 miles southwest of I-75 exit #288. Follow brown directional signs.

Allatoona Pass Battlefield (managed by Red Top Mountain) Old Allatoona Road Cartersville, GA 30121 Park Hours: Closes at dark Directions: 1.5 miles east of I-75, exit 283, parking lot is on the left


JANUARY 12—Saturday___________________ Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Behind the Scenes Tour: A.P. Stewart's Line The tour takes visitors to seldom seen areas of the park. This tour will go to the area occupied by Maj. Gen. A.P. Stewart's Division.

FEBRUARY

9—Saturday_____________ Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Behind the Scenes Tour: Hazen`s Approach The tour takes visitors to seldom seen areas of the park. This tour will go to the area occupied by Brig. Gen. William Hazen.

MARCH

9—Saturday___________________ Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Behind the Scenes Tour: Leverett’s Mill This tour will follow an old Civil War road that leads to where Leverett’s Mill once stood. Terrain is rugged; wear good hiking shoes.

8 & 9—Fri. & Sat.________________ Red Top Mountain W! Geocaching-Campout NE Join our hosts, the Georgia Geo-Campers, for the first of 6 fun-filled “camp outs” in state parks, including bonfires, evening caching, and more!

16—Saturday___________________ Etowah Indian Mounds Lecture: Native American Heritage Learn about prehistoric, Creek, and Cherokee Indians of north Georgia.

Red Top Mountain Hills of Iron Hear the roar of an iron furnace once again in the Etowah Valley! Go on a guided hike of an iron mine, visit our blacksmith, make a scratch block, and then watch molten iron pour from an operating blast furnace! Scratch blocks go on sale at 2 pm, supplies are limited.


APRIL

6—Saturday___________________ Etowah Indian Mounds Barbacoa Fundraiser Enjoy dinner with entertainment, a silent auction and an after-dark hayride. All proceeds to benefit the rebuilding of the wattle and daub hut. Tickets on sale March 1 at friendsofetowahindianmounds.org

13—Saturday___________________ Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Cabin Life: Spring in 1860 Learn about the way people lived on small farms in the south before the Civil War.

Etowah Indian Mounds Tools & Weapons and Torchlight Tours Find out how primitive tools and weapons were made and used and then follow a guide on a torchlight tour of the mounds.

27 & 28—Sat. & Sun.__________ Red Top Mountain Spring at the Homestead Troops have camped near the Vaughan Cabin! Discover the lives of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Lots of hands-on activities.

MAY

4—Saturday___________________ Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Soldier’s Life Learn about the life of the common soldier that fought in Georgia.

11—Saturday___________ Red Top Mountain Morning Bird Walk

Bring your binoculars to this guided bird walk celebrating International Migratory Bird Day.

Red Top Mountain Iron Pour Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks you’ve created. Scratch blocks on sale at 2 pm, supplies are limited.


Every Saturday May 18—July 27 (plus afternoon of May 26 and evening of July 5)

Red Top Mountain Mountain Music Series

Enjoy a live bluegrass concert at the log cabin.

MAY (continued) 4—Saturday__________________ Etowah Indian Mounds Celebrate Archaeology Tour the Etowah Mounds through the eyes of an archaeologist. Also enjoy fun activities for the kids.

JUNE

1—Saturday____________________ Pickett’s Mill Battlefield 149th Commemoration of Battle of Pickett’s Mill Watch as a company of the 8th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment recreate the activities of May 27, 1864. This is not a battle and there will be no opposing forces.

Etowah Indian Mounds Artifact ID & Day of Discovery...flashback! Bring your artifacts to be identified by professional archaeologists and learn about the “crown jewels” of American archaeology, discovered at Etowah 59 years ago.

4-6—Tue, Wed, & Thur____________ Red Top Mountain Junior Ranger Camp: 6-8 year olds Kids aged 8-10 will join a Park Ranger for a three-day adventure. Learn about backyard wildlife, water safety, and lost prevention. See live animals and much more! Space is limited; pre-registration required. Registration begins April 27.

11-13—Tue, Wed, & Thur____ Red Top Mountain Junior Ranger Camp: 9-12 year olds Kids aged 11-12 will join a Park Ranger for a three-day adventure. Learn about wilderness survival, geocaching, camping, and more! Space is limited; pre-registration required. Registration begins April 27.


Every Saturday May 18—July 27 (plus afternoon of May 26 and evening of July 5)

Red Top Mountain Mountain Music Series

Enjoy a live bluegrass concert at the log cabin.

JUNE (continued) 19-21—Wed, Thur, & Fri.___ Etowah Indian Mounds Junior Ranger Camp: 9-12 year olds Discover Native American history while earning a Jr. Range badge. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration begins May 1.

JULY

11-12—Thursday & Friday__________ PICKETT’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Junior Ranger Camp: 9-12 year olds Kids will enjoy nature and history-themed activities while working toward a Jr. Ranger badge. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration begins June 1.

13—Saturday___________________ ETOWAH INDIAN MOUNDS Day of Discovery for Kids Discover archaeology and the history of the Etowah Indian Mounds during this special “hands-on” day. Activities are geared mainly toward children.

20—Saturday__________________ PICKETT’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Cabin Life: Summer on the Home Front

Learn about the way people lived on small farms in the south before the Civil War. See the basic amenities that were available to these hardworking families.

26 & 27—Fri. & Sat.___ NEW!

RED TOP MOUNTAIN Family Camp

Bring the whole family and have fun camping, hiking, paddling, cooking, and more! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration begins June 1.


AUGUST 10—Saturday__________________ PICKETT’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Soldier’s Life Learn about the life of the common soldier that fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting.

17—Saturday__________________ ETOWAH INDIAN MOUNDS Artifact ID Professional archaeologists will be on site to identify and date artifacts brought in by visitors.

SEPTEMBER 7—Saturday____________________ PICKETT’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Guided Battlefield Tour Take a guided tour of one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. Terrain is rugged, wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

21 & 22—Sat. & Sun._____________ RED TOP MOUNTAIN Harvest at the Homestead Fall is a busy time at the homestead. Enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more!

28—Saturday__________________ FREE

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ALL LOCATIONS Your State Parks Day

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Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites sponsors this FREE day at all locations. Join in a volunteer project to support your state parks and historic sites!


OCTOBER

5—Saturday___________________ ETOWAH INDIAN MOUNDS Skills of the Past Weaponry, flint knapping, basket-weaving and pottery - all crafts essential to the survival of the Native Americans of the Southeast - will be demonstrated.

5 & 6—Sat. & Sun._______________ ALLATOONA PASS BATTLEFIELD The Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered Tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. Walk the trails, visit the star fort, and follow the old roads just as soldiers did in 1864. Watch rifle and cannon demonstrations

19—Saturday__________________ PICKETT’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Fall Cabin Life Learn about the way people lived on small farms in the south before the Civil War. See the basic amenities that were available to these hardworking families.

11 & 12—Fri. & Sat. 18 & 19—Fri. & Sat. 25 & 26—Fri. & Sat._____ RED TOP MOUNTAIN Halloween Hayrides Take a spooktacular hayride through the old ghost town of Ravenwood, then listen closely as storytellers bring ghosts and goblins to life around the fire. This is a family-friendly event.

Reservations are required We begin taking reservations on Sept. 15. Visit us on the web at www.FriendsOfRedTop.org


NOVEMBER

1 & 2—Fri. & Sat.________________ ETOWAH INDIAN MOUNDS Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.

9—Saturday___________________ RED TOP MOUNTAIN Iron Pour Come and see a demonstration of our iron furnace, harking back to the days of iron production in the Allatoona Community. Scratch blocks go on sale at 2 pm, supplies are limited.

16—Saturday__________________ RED TOP MOUNTAIN Meteors and More

Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at the park to search the night sky for meteors and more.

PICKETT’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Soldier’s Life and Candlelight Tours Learn about the life of the common soldier that fought in Georgia. In the evening, relive the tense moments of the night battle at Pickett’s Mill. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

DECEMBER 7—Saturday____________ RED TOP MOUNTAIN Christmas at the Cabin Yuletide celebrations of the 1800’s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be available for photos and Christmas visits.

14—Saturday__________________ PICKETT’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Christmas at the Log Cabin Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The 1850s log cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores and celebrations of the period.


~RED TOP RESERVABLE FACILITIES~ Reservations/Availability call 1-800-864-7275 or visit gastateparks.org Cottages

One-Bath Mon-Thurs Fri-Sun

Two-Bath Mon-Thurs Fri-Sun

(Per Day)

(Per Day)

Jan-Feb:

$115

$135

$125

$145

Mar-July:

$135

$140

$145

$150

Aug:

$95

$115

$120

$125

Sept:

$135

$140

$145

$150

Oct:

$150

$160

$160

$170

Nov:

$135

$140

$145

$150

Dec:

$115

$125

$125

$135

Cottages #17 and #18 are dog-friendly—2-night minimum year round—Holidays have a 3-night minimum

Group Shelter #1:

Monday-Thursday $240 per day

Friday-Sunday $260 per day

Group Shelter #2:

Monday-Thursday $250 per day

Friday-Sunday $285 per day

Vaughan 1860’s Log Cabin:

$425—7:00 am—10:00 pm $125—4 hours (see park associate for details)

Picnic Shelters:

$50 per day

Tent Site w/out Power & Water:

$19 per night

Tent Site w/ Power & Water:

$25 per night

RV/Pop-up Site:

$28 per night

Yurt (permanent tent):

$60 per night

Pioneer Campground:

$30 per night for up to 25 guests (each additional guest over 25 is charged $1 per person)

Pickett’s Mill Group Shelter:

Only Available on Saturdays $225 per day


2013 Special Event Guide