Starting from a cannon at the visitor center, this 15.8-mile, figure-eight loop tours the rolling terrain of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Traveling along a wide gravel and dirt path, this route wanders in and out of hickory and oak forest, tours grassy meadows and marsh areas, and offers occasional views of Atlanta in the distance. Those looking for shorter routes have an option mid-way through to cut off the southern loop for a 7-mile roundtrip that includes the climb up Kennesaw Mountain. The only significant ascent of the day—the route up Pigeon Hill, Little Kennesaw, and Kennesaw Mountain—affords hikers with far off views of Atlanta proper and an opportunity to tour Civil War era rifle and cannon pits. From the summit area, it’s a short walk down to the visitor center and parking lot.
Note: Pack water. There may be opportunities to refill water bottles (during the non-freezing months) at the visitor center, Burnt Hickory Road (at the south end of the hike), and near Kolb Farm next to a bamboo thicket.
Info: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
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