When we need a short, leisurely hike, we head to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and walk parts of the battlefield trails.
Camp Brumby Loop Trail
The trail departs behind the Visitor Center, near the information kiosk and the start of the Mountain Loop, following signs for Camp Brumby Trail. The trail follows along Kennesaw Mountain Drive before veering off toward the open field on the left. It goes for the length of the field, and then ducks into the cover of the forest for the remainder of the trail. The trail soon widens, becoming perfect for joggers, dogs, and hikers to share. The trail remains mostly even for the length of the hike.
The loop begins less than a mile in off to the right. The loop circles the ruins of Camp T. M. Brumby, a Civilian Conservation Corp Camp that existed here between 1938 and 1942. The camp was tasked with building the existing trail system in the park, working as park guides, and fighting forest fires. Posted signs along the trail mark the spots where various camp buildings once were.
The short loop ends and the Camp Brumby Trail continues to the right for about 3 miles in one direction. We went to the left, doubling back over the trail we already completed. After about a quarter of a mile, we kept to the right to follow along a paved path against Kennesaw Avenue for a change of scenery, turning left at the road and following the road to the north.
When we reached the open field, we took a well-worn shortcut up the edge of the field to the trail, taking the trail back to the Visitor Center. We then took another shortcut to walk through the field in front of the Visitor Center back to the parking lot because sometimes you just need to switch it up a bit.
We completed our hike in the parking lot at 2.14 miles.
What’s your favorite Georgia hike? Let me know in the comments!