One of the great things about the National Park Service is it not only protects our countries natural beauty, but also our history. I love visiting places that are rich in history. But sometimes it can be a sad story. Welcome Andrea to the blog today for a trip report from a Civil War battlefield in Georgia.

Trip Report – A hike for history lovers- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

I have been coming to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park ever since I was a kid, and it occurred to me that maybe I take its beauty and its rich history for granted. It is a 2,965-acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Opposing forces maneuvered and fought here from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864.

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. Three thousand men lost their lives on these mountains, hills and fields during a grueling 14-day battle. To learn more about the battle at Kennesaw Mountain, visit http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/kennesaw-mountain.html?tab=facts.

Today cannons, earthen fortifications, trenches, and monuments are the few visual reminders of the battle 150 years ago. Since it’s only 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, the trails are very busy, especially on weekends. The park has 18 miles of trails and I come here often to do training hikes. Scenes from the movie “A Walk in the Woods” based on the book by Bill Bryson were filmed here.

My favorite loop hike here is 6 miles and goes up both Kennesaw Mountain and Little Kennesaw Mountain.

There is no shortage of wildlife in this park! It has been named one of the best places for bird watching and there are guided bird walks throughout the year. Deer, box turtles, possums, and even fox can be seen on the trails.

For a great after hike lunch, visit the nearby Marietta Square where there are many restaurant options. I recommend the chicken pot pie at Douceur de France!

For more on planning your visit to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/kemo/index.htm.

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2 comments on “Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

  1. Wow Andrea, this is a great article. I wasn’t aware of your writings, very good. Keep it up. Always interested in the local area history and events.

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