Kennesaw Mountain 5 Mile Hike - Tuesdays, Nov-March earlier start 4pm

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

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  • Bob G.

    windy & chilly but very good overall

    January 21

  • Kathleen

    Sorry to drop out, Work and Life getting in the way.

    January 21

  • Jennifer M.

    Walked the Kennesaw mountain main trail....it was quite steep... Is this trail as steep? What level of hiker should I be to participate?

    January 21

    • Larry G.

      Hi Jennifer. Yes we normally hike the same mountain trail, and yes in sections it is steep. We do take short breaks after the toughest sections. But this is not a beginners hike - I guess it's for more of an intermediate level hiker. Having said that, we have had many first timers to this hike that were generally in decent physical shape that have done it with no problem. Hope that helps.

      January 21

  • Debbie T. L.

    I haven't hiked the mountain in quite a while, but remember it can be a little strenuous in spots. Do you take breaks during the hike? I really would love to do this, but think I might need to train a little first! LOL

    January 20

    • Larry G.

      Hi Debbie. Yes it can be strenuous in places. We do take short (2-3 mins) breaks at a couple of places after the toughest sections to give folks a short breather.

      January 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    My work days have been changing a lot. I hope to see everyone next week. Have a good hike.

    January 20

  • Jim G.

    Larry, I should know better than to ask a Michigan guy this, but if high temps are in the 30s are we still going to hike the full route? (curious; a southern cold-weather wimp)

    January 19

    • Larry G.

      Hi Jim, it looks like temperature will be about 40, but windy. If it's windy, we'll walk the Camp Brumby trail out and back... which as you know does not go up the mountains and also has the advantage of being sheltered from the northwest wind.

      January 19

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