Kennesaw Mountain Trail

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia

Elevation Gain557ft
Trailhead Elevation1,142ft
Elevation Min/Max1142/1690ft
Elevation Start/End1142/1142ft

Kennesaw Mountain Trail

Kennesaw Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Cobb County, Georgia. It is within Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 1,142 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 557 feet. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center information; museum and the Fountain drinking water are near the trailhead. There are also a bbq, parkings, restrooms, a commercial, a waste basket, a public building, and a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Brumby Camp Connector Trail, Picket Line Trail and Visitor Center Cut-Off Trail.

Kennesaw Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The 2,888-acre Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves the site of battles fought between Union and Confederate Armies from June 22 to July 2, 1864.

In addition to restored fortifications, Kennesaw Mountain and surrounding woodlands are important wildlife habitats. The mountain, a landmark on the Eastern migratory flyway, is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) along the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains."

"Kennesaw Mountain offers the best inland migration birding for warblers, vireos, and other landbirds in Georgia, if not the Southeast. Warbler counts of more than 20 species in a morning are not uncommon during peak migration, and this is one of the best spots in the East to see a migrant Cerulean Warbler. Hawk migration is scattered, but over a season ten or more raptor species can be seen, including all the falcons. It is very easy to bird here: Just walk up a paved road for 1.5 miles to the summit, and you may find birds anywhere along the road; the road gets a little steep in places.

The mountain is also heavily birded, which means that there is a good database being built of migration records and that there are usually other birders here during migration. The park also has several other lower-elevation trails with interesting breeding species. Key birds: Mountain: Raptor and landbird migrants. Forest Trails: Hooded and Kentucky Warblers, Wood Thrush, Summer Tanager. Marsh: Red-headed Woodpecker, Sedge Wren, Brown Creeper, Lincoln’s Sparrow."

"This park, a unit of the National Park Service, has the third-highest number of visitors to any historic site in the United States. In 1998, 1.2 million visitors from all fifty states and many foreign countries toured the park. Try to take some time to walk around the park grounds, where so many men fought and died during the battles that took place there.

Perhaps one of your ancestors fought at Kennesaw Mountain. Special attractions: The park protects and preserves portions of Kennesaw Mountain and commemorates the entire 1864 Civil War campaign. It has 11 miles of Civil War earthworks, 16 miles of walking trails, and two open-air picnic areas."

"The 9.5-mile West Trail runs from the visitor center to Kolb Farm Trail. The East Trail connects those same two points and is 7.4 miles in length. The Visitor Center to Pigeon Hill, Cheatham Hill to Kolb Farm, and Burnt Hickory to Cheatham Hill Loops all are composed of portions of the East and West Trails.

The featured trail is the Visitor Center to Pigeon Hill Loop, a 5.7-mile trail covering the northern end of the park. Halfway up, the trail merges into an old road running across the mountainside. Soon the path leaves the old road, turning uphill to the right. At this point it passes through a rock formation that offers an overlook of the town of Marietta. Switching back up the mountain, the trail passes another outcrop with a bench for resting. Along this north face of the mountain, the forest is dominated by chestnut oak trees. Virginia creepers are present in the rocky areas."

"The Burnt Hickory Loop is the most challenging trail in this book, and one of the most rewarding in the Atlanta area."

"Toil and trouble. Those two words come to mind as you hike across Kennesaw Mountain and imagine the Confederates and Union soldiers battling to control the rocky slopes. In June 1864, General William T. Sherman maneuvered his army south of Kennesaw Mountain, hoping to flank the Confederate line and capture the Western and Atlanta Railroad, a critical supply line in Marietta.

Confederate soldiers who were dug in on the mountain first clashed with Union troops on June 19, and fighting continued on this 2888-acre battlefield until July 2. There are more than 17 miles of trails on the battlefield, and this hike includes a good sampling of what’s available. This hike crosses Kennesaw Mountain and Little Kennesaw Mountain, which offer dramatic views, interpretive signs concerning the battle, and remnants of battlefield earthworks. You’ll descend to fields to get the perspective of the attacking Union soldiers, and wind through a hardwood forest with trails built for hiking, walking, or running."

"Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park covers 2,923 acres of rolling hills just northwest of Atlanta. From June 19 to July 2, 1864, it was the site of a bloody Civil War battle between the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.

The park is on the shore of Lake Walter F. George, a 48,000 acre Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Chattahoochee River.The park features a sixty-room lodge, conference center, restaurant, an eighteen-hole golf course, a boat dock at the
lodge, and a marina with ample docking on the lake. Because of the hard sandy clay trail surface, wheelchairs can navigate most of the trails and other features with minimum assistance."

Kennesaw Mountain Trail Reviews

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Very fun. Lots to explore other than the main summit path.
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I live within walking distance of this trail. I hike it often. This is a very populated area and it starts at the visitors center for Kennesaw National Battlefield Park. The hike is up the mountain all the way to the top. The trail is maintained but it can be rough in places. You will find information along the trail telling about the different battles that have taken place. Mostly people hike up the mountain then back down, but the trail continues down the other side of the mountain onto other trails. At the top of the mountain is an excellent view of the Atlanta skyline. One could also drive to the top of the mountain, instead of hiking; there is parking at the top. There are many fields at the bottom of the mountain that are suitable for picnicking or leisure time in the grassy area.
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Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26th with free admission to George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge. You'll find many ways to show your support for Georgia State Parks' mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to public Green Space. You can either take advantage of volunteer opportunities that day such as trail inspection or litter pick-up, take advantage of a great day for a fall hike. Or make it a vacation, with Bagby State Park Lodge's new Lodge-ical rates. Free admission day is 9/26/09.

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Trail Information

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Nearby City
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw 30152; (770) 427-4686 Ext. 0; .htm; Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club;
Local Contacts
USGS Marietta; hiking trail map available online at
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