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Cheatham Hill Loop Trail at Kennesaw Mountain

Run or hike the scenic Cheatham Hill Trail at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, looping to Kolb’s Farm and exploring beautiful meadows, forest, and Civil War battlefields.

georgia hiking trails: 4-6 miles 5.8 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
georgia hiking trails: moderaterelatively
?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
georgia hiking trails: dog-friendly Dog-
?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:Kennesaw Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

Towering monuments, antique cannons, and battlefields scatter around Cheatham Hill in the shadow of nearby Kennesaw Mountain. While this trail’s route is steeped in Civil War history, it’s also drenched in natural beauty, too, with grassy meadows, trickling creeks, wildflowers, and flowering trees along its length.

This two-trail duo at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield follows a moderately rolling 5.8-mile loop through a wide variety of beautiful landscapes at Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm. It’s one of our favorite metro-Atlanta trails for an in-town trail run or a scenic hike.

Cheatham Hill Trail and Kolb Farm Loop: top running and hiking trails at Kennesaw Mountain

Throughout the trail’s length, signs depict the site engagements on this Civil War battlefield that witnessed thousands of casualties 150 years ago. Earthworks punctuate the landscape, dug by entrenched Union and Confederate armies. The occasional cannon reminds of the staggering loss of life that happened here. But the passing of time and forest regrowth has regained the tranquility and beauty of the Cheatham Hill landscape, and it’s a beautiful place to explore, exercise and reflect.

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Cheatham Hill Loop Trail: the route

The adventure begins at the Cheatham Hill parking area trailhead (view maps and driving directions), descending elevation steadily through mounded Confederate earthworks and scattered cannons. The trail meets the recently-restored, towering Illinois Monument at .2 mile. The trail veers around the monument, passing a tunnel dug by Union troops in an attempt to break through the Confederate battle line.

The Cheatham Hill Loop turns left at a trail junction, venturing south through a broad, cleared grassy meadow before diving into a leafy forest canopy. The route meanders southeast, passing battlefield earthworks and crossing a tumbling creek. Flowering trees and wildflowers explode into bloom in springtime, speckling the forest canopy and forest floor in a colorful display.

Cheatham Hill Trail: hike through a flowering forest in springtime at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

The trail rolls elevation through a stream-filled forest, skirting the often-traffic-filled Powder Springs Road at 2.3 miles before passing the Kolb Farm parking area at 2.8 miles. The Kolb farmhouse, a log home built in 1836, and the venue for the Battle of Kolb’s Farm, is visible through tree cover across the busy street.

The trail dives back into the serenity of the forest at 3 miles, leaving the sounds of traffic behind. The trail runs through several grassy clearings and sun-dappled forests, and passes a young bamboo thicket at 3.8 miles. The Cheatham Hill Trail explores a grassy wetland and crosses a metal bridge spanning John Ward Creek at 4 miles.

Hike or run the Cheatham Hill Trail and Kolb Farm Loop at Kennesaw Mountain, exploring natural beauty and Civil War history

The trail climbs from the creek valley, steadily gaining elevation over the next mile as it veers northbound, looping back toward Cheatham Hill. The route alternates between grassy clearings and green forest, skirting several residential areas and crossing Cheatham Hill Road at 5 miles.

The trail descends from the road crossing, reaching the end of the loop at 5.4 miles and turning left to hike north toward Cheatham Hill. The trail turns right at the Illinois Monument, returning to the trailhead and completing the adventure at 5.8 miles.

Kennesaw Mountain Trail Guide

Explore more of Kennesaw Mountain’s history and natural beauty on an extensive (and growing) network of hiking and running trails. Explore battlefields, shady forest, mountain summits and beautiful views of the Atlanta skyline on our favorite Kennesaw Mountain trails.

Leave No Trace: Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails and Trailful are official Leave No Trace partners

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill & Kolb Farm Loop Trail Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

Love the trail?

This trail is maintained thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers and donations from supporters of the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club. Please support them by making a donation or joining a volunteer day. Let's work together to keep these fantastic trails maintained and open for use!

Driving Directions


Beginning November 13, 2019, the National Park Service will be charging a $5 per vehicle entrance fee with a $40 annual pass option at Kennesaw Mountain.

GPS Coordinates

33.936217, -84.597117     //     N33 56.173 W84 35.827

Elevation Profile

Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill & Kolb Farm Loop Trail Elevation Profile

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.