This hike is a continuation of the previous Kennesaw Mountain 5 mile hike, but set at an earlier time for the months of November-March, due to darkness coming much earlier now due to the time change and earlier sunsets. This will be a once a week hike on Tuesdays, see note below though about weather.
This hike consists of about a 5.2 mile loop that first goes up Big Kennesaw Mountain, then over to and up Little Kennesaw Mountain. Then we go a bit past Little Kennesaw, turn to the left on a short side trail, and and connect with and come back via the Camp Brumby trail, which is a flatter, less strenuous trail.
We also go out for dinner after the hike, everyone is invited to do so, but is not required.
We will start hiking promptly at 4:05 so arrive a little early. You can park in the main visitor lot, or if that is full, please park in the Overflow lot. We will meet by the cannon outside the visitor center. The Overflow lot is on Old Hwy 41 north west of Stilesboro Rd (GPS:33.985, [masked])
Inclement weather (heavy rain, snow/sleet, or bitter cold) will cancel this hike. Should weather force cancellation, we will reschedule that week's hike to be on Thursday instead.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,923 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. Although most famous as a Civil War battlefield, Kennesaw Mountain has a much richer story.
War severely altered the landscape of what is now Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Soldiers cut down trees and tore apart homes to build earthen fortifications for protection known as earthworks. The thousands of soldiers marching through the area killed grass, leaving large patches of exposed clay that, when it rained, turned into pools of thick mud. The fauna was badly damaged by foraging soldiers, fire, and the battles.
Eight miles of earthworks are still visible today at the Cheatham Hill battlefield location of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The plant life growing on the earthworks today helps keep them intact. Without this growth, the fortifications would be subject to soil erosion.
For more information about the park visit www.nps.gov/kemo