Pine Acres Retreat
In 1950, John Atkinson subleased land from Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Red Top Mountain State Park to establish Georgia’s First State Park for African Americans. George Washington Carver Park was established. Soon after, Atkinson began hosting the Atlanta Girl Scouts Council for retreats where the children learned archery, took swimming lessons and enjoyed camping on Lake Allatoona. Ultimately a portion of the large shoreline became Camp Pine Acres and was managed by the Girl Scout Council until Summer 2018.
Camp Pine Acres has now become Pine Acres Retreat, open to the public by reservation year-round with campsites, cottages, and special event venues. The park is operated by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau under a management agreement with Bartow County. The 210-acre lakeside retreat is a hidden gem located just 5 miles from I-75 Exit 285. The property includes three event facilities for large groups and several picnic shelters for small gatherings by reservation. Cottages accommodate up to 90 overnight guests with an additional 32 platform campsites and bath houses. All cottages have central heat & air, fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, Internet (optional), outdoor grills, and covered porches. Guests may enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, pebble beach, hiking trails, fishing sites, and canoe and kayak rentals.