Kennesaw Mountain Environmental Loop & 24 Gun Trail Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 3.6 MILES
DIFFICULTY 2.6 Easy
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
370
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Kennesaw Mountain Environmental Loop & 24 Gun Trail

March 24, 2020 - Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many parks and hiking trails are closed. It is advised that you do not travel to hike. Many trails have been swarmed with visitors which only helps spread the virus. Stay safe people.

The newest trails in the park, take a break from the crowds heading up to Kennesaw Mountain and relax on the Environmental Loop and 24 Gun Trails. While these trails lack views, they do have plenty of information signs along the way. Learning is fun!

You can begin this hike at the main Visitor Center parking lot or from Gilbert Road. Good luck getting a parking spot at the Visitor Center on the weekend. Even though there are over 80 parking spaces, you'll most likely have to park at the overflow lot just past the park on Old 41 Hwy NW. There are signs from the main lot. This will add about .8 miles round trip on to your hike. Begin these trails across the parking lot from the Visitor Center. Walk through the picnic area to access the trailhead at the sign. Alternatively, parking along Gilbert Road is sparse, but few people begin from here. At the time of writing, the road was extremely rough with large potholes so go slow.

If starting from the Visitor Center, follow the sign to head around the Environmental Loop clockwise. After a third of a mile the 24 Gun Trail connects to the right. Take it, crossing a road before ending at the Union 24 Gun Battery. A field on the right provides some side trails if you want to explore around a bit. Otherwise, head back to the loop, following it around to the start of the hike.

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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 %
1.2 mi
120 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.7 mi
219 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
481 ft
50 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
177 ft
28 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
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0 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
1 mi
133 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.6 mi
189 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
518 ft
58 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
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1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
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Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
Reverse Hike loop in reverse direction.
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Visitor Center Trailhead On the opposite side of the parking lot from the Visitor Center, walk through the picnic area to the signed trailhead.
0.16 mi
0.16 mi - Environmental Loop Split, Stay Right A sign directs all traffic counter-clockwise around this loop.
0.32 mi
0.32 mi - Turn Right on the 24 Gun Trail
0.48 mi
0.48 mi - Cross Road Cross the road at the crosswalk.
1.32 mi
1.32 mi - 24 Gun Battery
1.5 mi
1.5 mi - End of 24 Gun Trail The trail ends at Gilbert Road, an alternate starting point.
2.67 mi
2.67 mi - Turn Right on Environmental Loop
3.6 mi
3.6 mi - Stay Right to Return to Trailhead Finish the Environmental loop, staying right to end the hike at the picnic area.
Details
length3.6 miles
difficulty2.6 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  History 
trail typeLoop
blazeNone
elevation gain370 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 33.983068, -84.579673 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°58.98, W 84°34.78 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°58'59'', N 33°58'59'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
33.983068, -84.579673 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°58.98, W 84°34.78 most GPS units use this one
N 33°58'59'', N 33°58'59'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
Google Map and Coordinates are for the Visitor Center. The overflow lot is at 1200 Old 41 Hwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152 (33.985133, -84.582839). The Gilbert Road trailhead coordinates are 33.975954, -84.599749.
Parking Capacity
86 spots at the Visitor Center main parking lot. 200+ spots at the overflow lot. 8-10 cars around Gilbert Road trailhead.
Notes
Maps can be found in the Visitor Center and at the park website at https://www.nps.gov/kemo.
The park claims to be the most visited Civil War battlefield in the country, and as such, can be very crowded, especially on weekends.
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3 (1)
hikethesouth-6 months ago
Nothing to Get Excited About
This is a fine trail if you're a local and are just looking for some easy trails in the area to enjoy some nature or take the dog for a walk. Not too many people use these trails, but there's nothing otherwise to get too excited about here.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2019
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