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.
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.