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  • Writer's pictureBrian Childress

Lake Allatoona, Georgia

Lake Allatoona (officially called Allatoona Lake) is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Etowah River in northwestern part of the State of Georgia. This reservoir is mostly in southeastern Bartow County and southwestern Cherokee County. A small portion is located in Cobb County near Acworth.

Cartersville is the nearest city to Allatoona Dam. Also, Red Top Mountain State Park is located on its shores, on the peninsula between the two arms of the lake. Most of the north side of the lake remains protected from land development because of its isolated location, mostly blocked by the lake.

The major highways Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 41 pass along the southern and western sided of Lake Allatoona, and they cross the Etowah River downstream from the Allatoona Dam.

Sweetwater Day Use Area is situated on Allatoona Lake on the Etowah River, a tributary of the Coosa River. The serene lake and peaceful surroundings offer a relaxing getaway from the nearby city of Atlanta, just 45 miles south. Visitors enjoy various water sports, hiking, hunting and viewing wildlife.

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This is an excellent location for camping, boating, swimming, and fishing. The lake covers three Georgia counties and included is the Sweetwater Day Use Campground and Red Top State Park.

I found the Sweetwater Day Use Campground to be one of the nicest RV parks in the country. The grounds are clean and each RV spot is paved and had a nice picnic table and campfire bowl. The lake is a great place for a family getaway.

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