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Kennesaw Mountain NBP Kennesaw

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Kennesaw Mountain NBP
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr.
Kennesaw
GA
30152
Tel: 770 427 4686

Directions

From I-75 North To exit 269 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn left onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk. From I-75 South To exit 269 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn right onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk. From I-575 North To exit 1 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn left onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3.5 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk. From I-575 South To exit 1 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn right onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3.5 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk.

Where are we going today?

It was a swelteringly hot and clear Monday, June 27, 1864, when some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign occurred here. Preserved are historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments. Interpreted here are the historic events where over 5,350 soldiers were killed in the battle fought here from June 19, 1864 through July 2, 1864.
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When can we go?

We are a day use only Battlefield, open from dawn to dusk. All gated lots have posted hours. Plea

Battlefield grounds and all facilities are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

What people are saying?

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    This is the most dangerous park in the Atlanta area. Lots of muggings by roving bands of thugs playing "Knock-Out". They let their Pit Bulls go w/o leashes and kids on dirt bikes. And Snakes, all the stinky polluted streams have copper headed water moccasins everywhere. Lots of snakes. The Park tries to police the area but just end up harassing the wrong folks. Racism is alive and well in Kennesaw. At least it is legal to conceal carry here. Bring your gun and if you know how to use it, you might be O.K.

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    An excellent hike close to the city. It's completely free. There's enough trails to keep you wandering for hours. Tip: Parking next to the Visitor's Center is usually full. There's a large lot about a 1/4th mile down the street with plenty of open spaces.

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    Awesome trails on Kennesw Mountain! There are 22 miles to walk in total and a little over a mile to walk up to the top! The view over GA was pricless. Not to mention super dog friendly! Undoubtedly 5 stars!!

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    I am a travel writer for National Park Planner and I visited the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in August, 2013. The park is located in Kennesaw, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta. It is the most visited battlefield in the National Park system, though that can be attributed to the fact that it is the only battlefield located in one of the country’s Top 10 most populated cities—Atlanta—and not because it is the Civil War battlefield that sparks the most interest in those interested in the Civil War. The huge majority of visitors...Read More

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    great place to hike enjoyed all the history and views, here visiting from California,

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by Steve Markos

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I am a travel writer for National Park Planner and I visited the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in August, 2013. The park is located in Kennesaw, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta. It is the most visited battlefield in the National Park system, though that can be attributed to the fact that it is the only battlefield located in one of the country’s Top 10 most populated cities—Atlanta—and not because it is the Civil War battlefield that sparks the most interest in those interested in the Civil War. The huge majority of visitors are interested in exercise and use the park’s 20 miles of hiking trails for this purpose.

The park consists of a Visitor Center and Museum, Civil War historic sites, hiking trails, and picnic areas. On select weekends, Military Living History demonstrations are held where the park invites various Civil War Reenactors to demonstrate everything from soldier life during the war to historic weapons firing demonstrations.

A thorough exploration of the park will take 2 days, which would include hiking a good portion of the trails. However, a person could visit the Visitor Center and Museum and drive to the main Civil War points of interest in a day. Vehicles can take you to or near all the major sites, though some areas will require short walks from the parking area. Keep in mind that there are some historic sites can only be visited by hiking to them.

While Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is comprised of roughly 3000 acres, only a small portion contains any recognizable Civil War history, as most of the battlefield is now forested or was plowed under to make room for real estate development. Civil War artifacts and recognizable terrain are located in two main areas, with minor sites scattered around the park. In the northern section of the park, historical sites and exhibits can be found from the top of Kennesaw Mountain to Pigeon Hill. At the southern end of the park, most historic remains are located at Cheatham Hill. There is a central section that contains hiking trails that connect the north and south ends of the park, but there are no significant Civil War historic sites in this area. For most people, after exploring the Kennesaw Mountain area, a drive to the Cheatham Hill area is required. Only the fastest hikers could trek from the north to the south ends and back to their car in a day, as such a hike would cover 16-20 miles. Thus, for those wishing to see the battlefield park on foot, plan one day to cover the Kennesaw Mountain area and one day to cover the Cheatham Hill area.

For complete information and plenty of photos about the park, please visit National Park Planner (npplan)

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