Recreation Areas around Cartersville

Allatoona Lake

Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation. Located only 30 miles from Atlanta, more than 6 million visitors each year enjoy picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming and other water sports, and observing the abundant wildlife along the shores of this beautiful lake. The visitor center features video exhibits and displays about the area's history, ranging from the time of early Indians to the gold mining and iron making days, from Civil War up to the present.

Driving Directions

From Atlanta, 45 miles north on I-75 to Exit 290, east on GA 20, south on GA 20 Spur to the dam and visitor center.

Carters Lake

Carters Lake Project is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. Carters Lake is one of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast. Located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of recreational opportunities which includes: camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and hunting.

Virtual Tour

Driving Directions

From North East Atlanta; I-575 North to Carters Lake Exit. Follow signs to desired project locations. From North Atlanta; I-75 North to Exit 293 then Right on Hwy 136. Follow signs to desired project locations. From Chattanooga TN. I-75 South to Exit 336.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,965 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Opposing forces maneuvered and fought here from June 19, 1864 until July 2, 1864. Although most famous as a Civil War battlefield, Kennesaw Mountain has a much richer story.

Casson with Cannon Fire

Driving Directions

Take exit 269 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight head west onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left (brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well).

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

A young boy grows up in a time of segregation�A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement�This was Martin Luther King, Jr. Come hear his story, visit the home of his birth, and where he played as a child. Walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Marvel at how he was an instrument for social change.

Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Driving Directions

The park is accessible via public transportation and by car.