Past Meetup

Kennesaw Mountain 5 Mile Hike

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Details

After work hike approximately 5 miles. Will be shortened as dark gets earlier. Optional dinner after if you want.

We will start hiking promptly at 6:05 so arrive a little early. Please park in the Overflow lot as it closes at 8:30 and the visitor center lot closes at 8:00. 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, -84.582)

Let's start doing some after work hikes around Kennesaw Mountain. We will hike about 5 miles in approximately 2.5 hours up little Kennesaw and big Kennesaw mountain. We will skip pigon hill to ensure we are back at the parking lot before 8:30 PM.

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