Hike the Battlefield and Mountain Loop

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Take in beautiful views from the mountain summits of Atlanta and explore Civil War battlefields and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

From the visitor center, start on the Kenneshaw Mountain Trail, which takes you up a series of switchbacks to the summit of Kennesaw Mountain (600' elevation gain). Take in the views of Atlanta from the top, then continue on the trail as it descends, then starts up Little Kennesaw Mountain.

At 2.5 miles you will reach the site of Confederate trenches at Pigeon Hill. In a little over a mile, take Noses Creek Trail to cross Burnt Hickory Road. You will then switch over to Cease Fire Trail after crossing Dallas Highway, at 4.6 miles. This trail takes you to Cheatham Hill and the Illinois monument, then backtracks to the Highway.

After crossing Noses Creek around 7.4 miles, take New Salem Church Trail to the right, passing by church ruins from the Civil War era. Hop onto Camp Brumby Trail to see a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps camp before returning to the visitor center.

Distance

11 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1850 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Hiking

Forest
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Great Day Hike

The first mile is the toughest but offers awesome views of Atlanta. Continuing the loop is full of descents and ascents, great rock formations and a variety of terrains. Plan to bring plenty of water and bring lunch along. The legs were aching after this one, but lots of fun!

Great Trail In Atlanta's Backyard!

Nice challenging ascents and beautiful views of the city. Learn a little history along the way too.

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