Kennesaw Mountain Trail
Hike to the top of Kennesaw Mountain
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is a 2,888 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. The battle was fought here from June 19, 1864 until July 2, 1864. Sherman's army consisted of 100,000 men, 254 guns and 35,000 horses. Johnston's army had 63,000 men and 187 guns. Over 67,000 soldiers were killed, wounded and captured during the Campaign. The park features over 16 miles of hiking trails. The premier hike of the park is the visitors center to the top of Kennesaw Mountain. The elevation of Kennesaw Mountain is 1808 feet above sea level. While hiking up to the top, an elevation of 708 feet is gained in the short 1.2 miles, so the hike can be strenuous. Other hikes are a 2 mile loop from the visitors center to pigeon hill, a 10.2 mile loop from the visitors center to Cheatham Hill and a 16.2 mile loop from the visitors center to Kolbs Farm.
I have hiked the trail to the top of Kennesaw Mountain many times. The trail leads from the visitors center up to the top and is about a mile long. The trail is heavily used and many times you will see families, scout troops, etc making the hike also. There are other trails that go along the base of the mountain and ones that continue on to Kolb's Farm. Here is a map of the trails: http://www.nps.gov/kemo/planyourvisit/upload/KEMO%20trail%20map.pdf. A great hike when you can't spare the time to drive to the mountains.