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At Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, you can walk through historic Civil War battle fields and explore war-era trenches and historic markers.

An expansive nature preserve, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers miles of trails and breathtaking views of the landscape.

Cheatham Hill at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Whether you are a history buff who wants to experience the scenery of a Civil War battle site, a nature enthusiast looking to experience wildlife and diverse flora, or a hiker wanting a serene yet challenging experience, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park has something for you.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

The 2,923-acre battlefield includes the site of some of the heaviest fighting of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign during the Civil War. The park contains 17.3 miles of hiking trails that wind through historic earthworks, cannon emplacements, and historic markers.

Gave of Unknown Soldier at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Hiking Cheatham Hill Loop Trail

Along the Cheatham Hill Loop Trail, you’ll come across the grave of the unknown soldier. It’s a simple grave surrounded by split-rail fencing and covered with rocks. The soldier was discovered when the trails were being enhanced in 1938. The soldier was reburied, fenced off, and a traditional veteran’s headstone was placed on top of the grave.

As we walked, my friend told me a story she had heard of another body found in the park. An ambitious hiker had set forth off the trail to pave his own way deep into the woods when he came upon a skeleton from the Civil War era hanging from a tree.

The battlefield is one of the most haunted spots in Atlanta due to the bloodshed here. Who knows what paranormal activity you may come across as a result.

Cheatham Hill

Cheatham Hill at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Further along the loop, you’ll come to Cheatham Hill. A monument to Illinois soldiers sits atop the hill where the Confederate line came to a bend at what is referred to as The Dead Angle. The battle resulted in 3000 casualties for the Union side and fewer than 1000 for the Confederate side.

At the Dead Angle, Union Colonel Daniel McCook’s brigade lost 307 men, most of whom were from Illinois. Survivors from the brigade bought 60 acres of land here in 1899 and donated it to the state of Illinois for a monument, which was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the battle.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Cheatham Hill

Although the battle at Kennesaw Mountain resulted in a Confederate victory, Sherman went on to capture Atlanta in the following days.

Hiking Essentials

Come prepared for your hike by making sure you pack the essentials. Check out this must-have hiking gear before you set off on the trails:

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Georgia Hikes: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Paige Watts is a travel expert and author of What's With Atlanta?, a guide to the quirks and charm of the ATL. A life-long traveler, Paige is dedicated to helping you discover the best things to do in the Southern USA and around the world. Her work has been featured in The Culture Trip, Matador, Newsbreak, MSN, NPR, and countless other interviews and podcasts.

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