Kennesaw Mountain Trails: Hiking Guide

Hike these top Kennesaw Mountain trails near Atlanta through Civil War history and to stunning views.

The Kennesaw Mountain peak rises from the rolling Marietta landscape just north of Atlanta, towering with its smaller neighboring peak, Little Kennesaw Mountain, over the surrounding forest and suburban sprawl. Over 15 miles of hiking, walking and running trails weave through forest, over mountaintops and through grassy meadows at this nearly 3,000-acre National Battlefield Park.

The park’s now-beautiful landscape was the site of a bloody, muddy, tree-barren Civil War battle. Entrenched Confederate soldiers at Kennesaw Mountain fought approaching Union troops in the war’s Atlanta campaign. Thousands lost their lives on these mountains, hills and fields during a grueling, 14 day battle battle.

Today, cannon, earthen fortifications, trenches and monuments are the few visual reminders of the battle 150 years ago.

Hike the Kennesaw Mountain trails north of Atlanta through Civil War history and natural beauty

These Kennesaw Mountain trails vary in difficulty and in length – but all provide a great hike. Catch views of the Atlanta city skyline from the Kennesaw Mountain and Little Kennesaw Mountain summits, visit memorials and monuments, and trek through gently rolling, stream filled forest on these trails stretching 2 to 11 miles in length.

Preserve the history and beauty of the Kennesaw Mountain parks, battlefields and trails. Pack out everything you pack in, leave no trace, and preserve the Kennesaw Mountain trails history: don’t walk or climb on historic earthworks or cannon.

Kennesaw Mountain Trails

Hike steep elevation climb to stunning views at the Kennesaw Mountain summit near Atlanta

KENNESAW MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Climb to the mountain summit on this trail, winding through switchbacks and rapidly gaining elevation to catch breathtaking views of the Atlanta skyline.

2.4 MILES

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Hike or run the Cheatham Hill Kolb Farm Loop Trail near Kennesaw Mountain

CHEATHAM HILL / KOLB FARM LOOP TRAIL

Run or hike from Cheatham Hill through beautiful meadow and a stream-filled forest to the Kolb Farm battlefield south of Kennesaw Mountain.

5.8 MILE LOOP

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Hike the 11 mile Kennesaw Mountain trails over battlefields and to mountain summits near Atlanta

KENNESAW BATTLEFIELD & MOUNTAIN LOOP TRAIL

Hike this Kennesaw Mountain trail to stunning summit views on two mountains, across battlefields, through rolling forest.

11 MILE LOOP

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What to Pack Hiking? Our hiking gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested gear.

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Ready to hit the trail, but wondering what to pack?

Our gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear for day hikes on local trails and in the Georgia backcountry.

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Eric Champlin is a designer, writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, kayak and cycle Georgia’s beautiful outdoors.

Eric is the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails, an online magazine that reviews the best hiking trails, running trails and outdoor adventures throughout Georgia.