Memorial Trail at Chickamauga Battlefield

                                    Memorial Trail Hike


                            Chickamauga Battlefield Park

                                     (Fort Oglethorpe)

DATE: Saturday April 19th

TIME: 9am

HIKE DISTANCE: approximately 9 miles

DIFFICULTY: easy terrain, but moderate due to distance

MEETING LOCATION: Visitor's Center lower parking lot


PETS: Dogs are welcome, but must remain on leash at ALL times

This is a 9 mile loop trail passing a series of 8 memorials throughout the battlefield. These monuments are markers where Commanding Generals from both sides were mortally wounded on the battlefield.  As part of the hike, we will stop briefly at the monuments to discuss some the history associated with each of the Generals and their role in the overall Battle.


The terrain for this hike is relatively easy with a few small hills.  However, the distance makes the hike more of a moderate level difficulty.  Dogs are allowed, but must be on leash and controlled at all times.


Bring plenty of water and snacks/small lunch. We will be stopping for a lunch break at a recreation field about 2.5 - 3 hours into the hike.




From Interstate 75: At Exit 350 take Battlefield Parkway (Georgia 2) west to Fort Oglethorpe. Turn left at the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Lafayette Road. Go one mile on Lafayette Road to the park entrance and visitor center.

From Interstate 24: At Exit 180 take U.S. Highway 27 south (Rossville Boulevard) to Fort Oglethorpe. At the intersection of Battlefield Parkway, continue straight through the intersection onto Lafayette Road to the park entrance one mile ahead.

                    PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY OR ON TIME

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  • Dawn

    Wayne....Thanks for organizing and leading the hike yesterday. I think we all had a good day..I know I did. Great to see all of you there.

    April 20, 2014

  • Phil L.

    Good hike!

    1 · April 19, 2014

    • Wayne H.

      Hey Phil good to see you again. Did you and dawn get your patches ordered?

      1 · April 19, 2014

    • Phil L.

      No, we have to mail the form to Rossville Kawanis Club.

      April 19, 2014

  • Heather H.

    I hate that I missed it. I ended up having a big extended family picnic out there. I think I saw you guys walk by! Glad it was a good hike.

    April 19, 2014

  • Mayada

    Nice hike, perfect weather, and a great group of people (mostly comedians) :-) Thanks for the history lesson Wayne...Very informative!

    2 · April 19, 2014

  • Wayne H.

    Hey Fellow Hikers. I went by the park today most of the trail I checked on looked pretty good. However there are a couple of good sized mud holes where horses have come through and tore it up pretty good. If you have a walking stick or trick pole it might be a good Idea to bring it. Also make sure you bring your rain gear and lunch. There is a very real possibility of rain in the early AM but it should be gone way before we start. If for some reason we have a change in the weather and have to postpone or delay the hike I will post it here in the morning early (by 6:30). If anyone has any questions or if anyone needs to use a trek pole or walking stick let me know I have a couple of extras.

    See ya in the morning.

    Wayne :)

    April 18, 2014

    • Wayne H.

      opps not "trick pole" I meant "trek pole" fat finger disease does it every time.

      April 18, 2014

  • Kathye R.

    It is also the first day of National Park week with free admissions.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Shannon

    I won't be able to make it, but just a heads up that the Chicamauga Chase is that morning, so it will be busy in the park. Have fun!

    April 3, 2014

    • Wayne H.

      Shannon what time do they start the chase?

      April 4, 2014

    • Shannon

      I think it is 8. You shouldn't have any issues hiking but it will be more crowded than normal. :)

      April 5, 2014

  • Wayne H.

    Hi all just wanted to let you know. I pulled the map of the area where the Chickamauga Chase is going to run to see if we would have a issue. What I found was that the Chickamauga Chase will be centered around the Wilder Tower down in the lower southwest corner of the park several miles from where we will be hiking.

    Our hike starts at the Visitors Center in the north end of the park and heads east. I do not believe we will have any issues. The chase normally starts breaking down around Noon around the same time we are eating lunch.

    I have sent an email to the chase organizers to let them know that will be there. It is possible that we may need to change our parking area due to the number of people there for the chase but we will wait till the organizers reply before we make that decision. If so a map will be post here of the new parking area.

    We will post any updates here, so please keep checking Thanks


    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Wayne H.

    I just completed the pre hike today and would strongly suggest a walking stick or trek pole

    April 3, 2014

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