Kennesaw Mountain Kolb Farm Loop Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 5.2 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.1 Easy
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
500
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Kennesaw Mountain Kolb Farm Loop

The park claims to be the most visited Civil War battlefield in the country, and as such, can be very crowded, especially on weekends. However, if you don't desire epic views or rushing waterfalls, the Kolb Farm Loop at Kennesaw Mountain may just be your ticket away from the crowds. Bring the dog or go for a jog and find some solitude on this 5 mile loop.

Park maps can be found online (see notes below) or at the Visitor Center and have this loop starting at the Cheatham Hill Parking Lot. You can also begin at the Illinois Monument Parking Lot and use a few side trails to make a slightly longer loop. This parking lot is much less crowded and provides access to the Illinois Monument. If starting from the Cheatham Hill lot, take the path at the end of the parking lot down the road to the crosswalk, but turn right to the info sign and the start of the blue-blazed loop.

All the direction and mileage marker posts are positioned from begining at the Cheatham Hill lot. While there are several side trails, most are easy to ignore for the wider, well maintained main trail. Only a couple places a side trail might be confused for the main trail. Again, bring a map. The hike is overall very flat with a few moderate ups and downs but nothing really challenging. The biggest challenge is not stepping in horse poo.

There used to be several large open fields along the trail that have grown up to the point I thought I had taken a wrong turn and missed them. You'll see newer tree growth where they used to be. Other than a few creeks, there's not much in the way of features along this trail. At the northern end, you can take one of several side trails to visit the Grave of the Unknown Soldier and the Illinois Monument which are not directly along this loop. From there you can continue along the Assault Trail to enjoy a couple open fields and finish the loop at the opposite end of the parking lot.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
2.3 mi
192 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.6 mi
207 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
131 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
259 ft
42 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0 ft
0 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
1.2 mi
184 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.7 mi
244 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.1 mi
64 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
298 ft
49 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
118 ft
24 ft
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Details
length5.2 miles
difficulty4.1 Easy
duration2 - 3 hours
trail typeLoop
blazeBlue
elevation gain500 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestKennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
visitor infoVisitor Center
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30152
770-427-4686
hoursSigns on Trail: 7am - 8:30pm
Website: 6:30am - 6:30/8:30pm (Standard/DST)
I called but didn't get a straight answer
Visitor Center: 9am - 5pm
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 33.932492, -84.604476 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°55.95, W 84°36.27 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°55'57'', N 33°55'57'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
33.932492, -84.604476 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°55.95, W 84°36.27 most GPS units use this one
N 33°55'57'', N 33°55'57'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
If the parking lot is full, try the Illinois Monument Parking Lot. It's usually much less crowded. You'll have to take one of a few side trail options to the loop adding about .2 miles. Address: 957 Cheatham Hill Dr, Marietta, GA 30064, Coordinates: 33.936629, -84.596940.
Parking Capacity
Cheatham Hill Lot: 67 parking spots + 4 handicap. Illinois Monument Lot: 40 spots + 2 handicap + 2 bus/RV.
Notes
Maps can be found in the Visitor Center and at the park website at https://www.nps.gov/kemo.
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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Average Review Rating
3 (2)
hikethesouth-1 year ago
Updated Review: Nice But Best for Locals
There's nothing wrong with this hike, but it's just not worth too much of a drive. Great for locals tho. The large open fields are overgrown and gone now. The official blue-blazed loop skips the Illinois Monument and the Assualt Trail which provides some sunny open field hiking. I suggest adding these to your route.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2019
hikethesouth-2 years 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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