Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park accommodates more visitors than any other battlefield park nationwide, including Gettysburg! While it currently is reserved as a Civil War historic site (The South did not win, but you know how Georgia loves its Civil War history), the original inhabitants of Kennesaw Mountain date back to 900AD - long before colonialism. No one knows where the "mound builders" came from, but ancient African civilizations have been offered as one of the many theories.
This hike has TWO OPTIONS.
Option 1: Mountain Loop. Walk up to the summit and back down. This is a great workout in its own right.
Once we get to the summit, the Option 2 group can keep going. The Option 1 group can return to the Welcome Center and make the 2nd hike to their (our) cars in overflow parking.
Option 2: The entire 5.8 mile Red Route. We had 7 BGHG attendees complete this trail the first time, and 4 the second time. This is not an easy task so they get ALL the kudos.
Please be mindful that Kennesaw Mountain includes TWO mounds. The highest mound has an elevation of 1,808 feet (well below altitude sickness level but can be hard on your lungs). There are plenty of areas to stop and take breaks, as well as a lot of shade! Leashed dogs and children are welcome.
What to expect:
Elevation change: Highest point is 1,808 feet.
Hiking time: Approximately 2-3 hours (depending on your option)
Fees & Passes: $5 for a daily pass. $50 for annual pass. Annual passes can be purchased at the visitor center or online. See gastateparks.org for more information.
Visitor Center Address:
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw Georgia, 30152
There is parking in the visitor center parking lot, as well as additional parking along Old 41 Highway. Carpooling is encouraged. Look for "overflow" parking signs if you cannot find parking near the visitor center.
Additional information can be found at:
The ten essentials can be found at: https://www.blackgirlshikeglobal.com/hiking-guide-for-beginners/
Black Girls Hike Global invites you to explore & inspire! All members (including your guest) must complete the liability waiver before attending outdoor events with us. It only has to be signed once for the current year. Therefore, once a person has signed, it is good for all of 2019.
The waiver is on our website (in the main menu). You can also do a search to see if we have one on file already.
Here is the direct link to the waiver: https://www.blackgirlshikeglobal.com/waiver/