Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Blue Trail Loop

Atlanta, Georgia

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This short loop gradually descends through forest with thickets and considerable ground cover where Brig. Gen. William B. Hazen’s Union soldiers traded attacks with Confederates under Col. G. F. Baucum and Brig. Gen. Mark P. Lowry. The action through here was pivotal in the battle. When the Union troops failed to secure the ground south of the cornfield (which you pass during the first part of the loop) they had to withdraw, which ruined their opportunity to succeed. At the site of the Pickett family house, you follow the trail blazed blue and red, climbing west past the former location of a wheat field as well as trenches dug by Union troops. The path then turns south to explore the ravine where waves of Union troops were cut down as they scrambled up the steep slopes to meet the Confederates.

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"This short loop gradually descends through forest with thickets and considerable ground cover where Brig. Gen. William B. Hazen’s Union soldiers traded attacks with Confederates under Col. G. F. Baucum and Brig. Gen. Mark P. Lowry. The action through here was pivotal in the battle. When the Union troops failed to secure the ground south of the cornfield (which you pass during the first part of the loop) they had to withdraw, which ruined their opportunity to succeed.

At the site of the Pickett family house, you follow the trail blazed blue and red, climbing west past the former location of a wheat field as well as trenches dug by Union troops. The path then turns south to explore the ravine where waves of Union troops were cut down as they scrambled up the steep slopes to meet the Confederates."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Atlanta
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Spring, fall, and winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site
Local Maps: The Battle of Pickett’s Mill: A Complete Trail Guide is available at the visitor center and online at gastateparks.org/item/160068

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