Join the BT Audit Team in hiking to the highest point in metro Atlanta, the summit of Kennesaw Mountain at an elevation of 1,808 feet. While less wild than the Appalachian Trail trek of last summer, this nearly 3,000-acre National Battlefield Park offers over twenty miles of trails that weave through forests, over mountaintops, and through grassy meadows, making for some of the best trail running and hiking metro Atlanta has to offer.
The park’s now-beautiful landscape was once the site of a bloody, muddy Civil War battle. Entrenched Confederate soldiers fought approaching Union troops on the mountain during the war’s Atlanta campaign where thousands lost their lives during a grueling, 14-day battle.
For this moderate hike, we'll follow the guidance and leadership of Kennesaw Mountain's most experienced trail runner and BT's favorite Director of Fun, Michael Dukes. With a plethora of trail options, this hike can be anything from a leisurely stroll to a 16-mile trail run.
We have arranged a brief presentation by a Park Ranger to give us all some history on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and also to point out some of the interesting historical sites we’ll come across. From there we’ll break into groups and take off. We can break up into as many groups as we want, but here is a first pass on some good options:
Kolb Farm Loop 5 miles, and we can always add to this if needed. Beautiful rolling hill loop starting at the Illinois Monument.
Red Mountain Loop. Starts at Visitor’s Center- Walking 5.8-mile loop which circles around, then goes up and over Pigeon Hill, Little K, and Big K mountain ridges. This is a great hike- pretty challenging but nothing like the AT.
Start at Visitor’s Center- Hike 1 mile to top of Kennesaw Mountain and back- then stroll along any of the many trails which start from the Visitor’s Center
6 mile (total) hike from Visitor’s Center along Brumby trail to Burnt Hickory and back. Really nice strolling hike- not too challenging at all.
- Schedule -
1 PM: Meet at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor’s Center.
1:15 PM: Break into groups described above
4 PM: All meet back up at the starting pavilion and head down to Suntrust Park
- Packing List -
1) Water bottle (at least one liter)
2) Athletic shoes or hiking boots
3) Athletic clothing appropriate for hot weather
4) Small backpack
5) Lunch (sandwiches work great)
5) An excited attitude!