Summary: This is a nice short mountain hike just NW of Atlanta in a NPS Battlefield Park. The trail climbs fairly sharply from the visitor center, levels off at a roadbed and then climbs the rest of the way to the top of Kennesaw Mountain. The mountain top offers great views of Cobb County and Atlanta to the south, and Kennesaw and beyond to the north. Winter is the best time for the view. Soldiers have etched their names in the rocks at the top during the Civil War. Along the way you will see the old earthworks, or the trench that runs the length of the mountain. The defenders of the mountain dug this trench for their defensive line. The trail crosses the line in the flat roadbed near where it turns back up the mountain again. There are several cannons on display at the top. Early on Sunday, birdwatchers walk the road and trail looking for the diverse array of birds along the way. The Visitor Center has a lot of historical information. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
Trailhead: From I-75, Exit 269 Barrett Parkway. Go SW past Hwy 41 (N. Cobb Pky) to Old Highway 41. Turn left and go to Stilesboro Road. Turn right and then left into the Visitor Center. You can also exit 267B onto Canton Connector. Exit quickly to Hwy 41. Turn right onto 41 and then left onto Bells Ferry Road. Turn right on Old Hwy 41 and go to Stilesboro Road. Turn left and then left into the Visitor Center. If the Visitor Center parking lot is full you can park on Stilesboro road in several areas. Kennesaw is VERY busy on the weekends. The trailhead is just past the visitor center just up the hill and beyond the road that goes up the mountain. The mountain road is closed on weekends. (Lat:33.98314 Lon:-84.57846)
Trail Guides for Kennesaw Mtn Main Trail (from Visitor Center):
Delorme Georgia Atlas and Gazetteer
by Delorme (Delorme Publishing Company)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Kennesaw NPS Visitor Center Phone 770-427-4686
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Reviewed by Tony on 11/12/2004
There are 10 miles + of hiking trails at Kennesaw Mountain and it is one of the best hiking areas in Metro Atlanta if you don't want to drive all the way to the North Georgia Mountains. I have made the hike up to the top of Kennesaw Mountain many times and it is fairly strenuous, but not too bad. If you feel like walking farther, instead of turning around at the top, keep going straight and follow that trail. But get a trail map and have lots of fun like I did.
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