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Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill Loop Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 5.4 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.5 Easy
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
590
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill Loop

At just under 3,000 acres, Kennesaw National Battlefield Park offers over 15 miles of trails. Located northwest of Atlanta, the park is very popular. The Cheatham Hill loop is significantly less trafficked than the namesake mountain.

There are several parking areas with access to this loop; however, this description begins at the parking area at the end of Cheatham Hill Dr off of GA-120. The trail connects to the parking area at the front and the back. The back of the parking lot is directly next to the Confederate Army earthworks and two canons. This description will start from the trailhead at the beginning of the parking lot to the left, travelling in a clockwise loop and ending at the Illinois monument and the these two canons.

From the trailhead, the path quickly descends at a moderate rate. The trail is not blazed, but for the most part, easily followed. The trail is wide consisting of gravel, dirt and at times, sand. Travelling in this direction, the general rule is to stay to the left at intersections. The park is quite large, so you don’t want to get turned around. On most days, park officials can be found walking the trails or on horseback. They will be happy to give you a map and help you find your way. And speaking of horses, watch your step…

After passing a few trail splits, the path heads over Ward creek by way of two footbridges at mile 1.0. After another mile, you will pass behind a neighborhood. Shortly afterward, the trail will turn southwest to parallel Powder Springs Rd. for just over half a mile. Just before crossing Cheatham Hill Road for the first time, you will pass through the Kolb Farm section of the park. This section also has the only water fountain along the trail, so fill up if needed.

After the trail leaves the road, it will pass through several open fields at 3.1 miles in, before coming to a large open grassy clearing at mile 3.9. The trail leaves the clearing and soon after crosses Cheatham Hill Road for the second time. There is another parking area at this intersection for those wishing to start here. After crossing the road, continue straight, the path to the left heads through the field back to the parking area. At mile 5, a side trails branches off to the left, but stay on the main trail. Soon after, turn left at the intersection, following the sign to Cheatham Hill.

The path soon enters another clearing with an open field to the left and the Illinois monument to the right. The state of Illinois bought the section of land at what is known as “the dead angle” to honor the fallen Illinois soldiers at the battle of Kennesaw. Follow the trail up to the monument and continue past it to the left to return to the parking lot.

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Details
length5.4 miles
difficulty4.5 Easy
duration2 - 3 hours
features Dog Friendly  History 
trail typeLoop
blazeNone
elevation gain590 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestKennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
ranger districtKennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr
Kennesaw, GA 30152
770-427-4686
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 33.937049, -84.596797 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°56.22, W 84°35.81 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°56'13'', N 33°56'13'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Directions Trailhead Coordinates
33.937049, -84.596797 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°56.22, W 84°35.81 most GPS units use this one
N 33°56'13'', N 33°56'13'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
From Marietta, take GA-120 west for 3 miles. Turn left onto Cheatham Hill Dr. The parking lot is at the end of the road.
Notes
The trails are shared with horse riders, so watch your step!
There are two road crossings along this loop, use caution and stay in the cross walks.
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hikethesouth-3 weeks ago
Easy Loop
Relatively easy loop. Plenty for history buffs to enjoy. Look out for horse poop.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2012
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