Because I have clearly become such an outdoorsy person in the last few months and will explore all terrains of North Georgia, I agreed to go on a hike. Though I did not agree to go on an 11 mile hike, despite my boyfriend’s attempts at trickery. And so I made my second trip to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, but this time I went up the mountain.
Up Kennesaw Mountain
The hike begins up the Kennesaw Mountain Trail. The trail begins at the base of the mountain behind the visitors center. The trail climbs sharply at the start, confirming that we would not have been able to make it through an 11 mile hike. The trail takes you up a total of 680 feet in one mile, passing entrenchments, Civil War-era fences, and historical markers. The path levels off at a 19th century mountain road, then continues to climb the rest of the way to the top of the mountain. Up a steep set of stairs is a parking lot offering the first set of spectacular views. But the trail continues up the stairs and on a paved path, past the Georgia Memorial and a display of cannons, to the summit of the mountain. Here you can see Cobb County, Buckhead, Stone Mountain and Atlanta to the south and Kennesaw and the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains to the north.
Heading back down the mountain, the green space at the summit parking lot is the perfect place to lay back, catch your breath, and enjoy the weather, and to take cute selfies.
The trail is all downhill from there back to the visitor’s center, making it a much more manageable 2.4 mile hike.