Kennesaw Mountain 5 Mile Hike

Summer Kennesaw Mountain after work hike series. Hike will be approximately 5-6 miles in 2 hours up little Kennesaw and Big Kennesaw Mountain.

We will start hiking promptly at 6:05 so arrive a little early. We will meet by the cannon outside the visitor center. If the visitor lot is full their is an overflow parking lot off Old Hwy 41 north of Stilesboro Rd (GPS:33.985, -84.582).

Rain will cancel this hike

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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  • henry

    Had another great hike, see you next week.

    June 12, 2014

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