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Iron Hill Trail

  4.1 ( 14 ) Favorite


3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer loop


Ascent: 423' 129 m
Descent: -427' -130 m
High: 952' 290 m
Low: 861' 262 m


Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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Trail shared by David Briick

A peaceful hike in the woods with a great views of the lake.

David Briick

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly There are large wide paths easy for strollers and bikes, making this a fun route for all.


The Iron Hill Trail is a moderate 3.6 mile hike along the shores of Lake Allatoona. The area features hardwoods/pine wood forest. There are scenic areas and unusual photo spots and great spots for watching sunsets. The terrain is slightly hilly with more level terrain on the southern route of the trail.

Need to Know

The trail is open all year round. The trail will be undergoing service projects by the Boy Scouts of America of the Atlanta Area Council Districts, Appalachian Trail, Foothills, and Silver Comet Districts all year round.

The park requires a parking permit of $5.00 per day or if you wish to purchase a season pass it may be obtained at the visitors center .05 mile north of the trailhead on Glade Road.


Though navigating this pleasant loop isn't too difficult, there are many small off shoot trails to the lake front. It will be easy to see the main path, as it has a wide, gravel surfaced, and well maintained. The lake is lowered in the winter months from October to March which allows access to shoreline.

The Iron Hill Trail has been adopted by the Atlanta Area Boy Scout Districts of Appalachian Trail, Foothills, and Silver Comet for the ongoing stewardship of the trail and the former campgrounds. The service projects performed by the Boy Scouts will be completed year round. Feel free to ask about the projects and the scouts performing service.

Flora & Fauna

Longleaf pine restoration project / hardwood forest.

History & Background

The trail loops around a historic iron mine site which operated during the 1800's to supply iron ore for the growing Atlanta foundry industry.

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Feb 2, 2019
Shawn McHargue
Feb 24, 2018
Rodney Broschinsky
Jan 21, 2018
Sherilyn Guerrero
Nov 22, 2017
Marie Scott
Gorgeous day, calm lake, leaves all over the ground! 3.8mi
Jun 27, 2017
Joseph Hwang
Iron Hill Trail 3.6mi
Mar 4, 2017
Marie Scott
Beautiful, level trail weaving around Red Top Mountain. This trail was great for jogging, biking, and hiking!! 3.8mi
Nov 24, 2016
David Briick
Hiked it
Sep 13, 2014
Cristi P

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