Kennesaw Mountain Noses Creek Loop Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 3.6 MILES
DIFFICULTY 3.5 Easy
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
540
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Kennesaw Mountain Noses Creek Loop

The middle of the three marked loops at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the yellow-blazed Noses Creek Loop allow you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main Visitor Center area and enjoy an easy relaxing loop. While this hike won't be very scenic, it's easy and flat, making a great option for runners. Dogs will also enjoy bringing their humans here.

There's only one parking option for this loop, the Pigeon Hill parking lot along Burnt Hickory Road. A large lot, but it will fill up almost immediately on weekends. Some park here and cross the road to head up to Kennesaw Mountain. For this loop, however, begin the trail at the end of the lot staying to the right along the open field.

At a third of a mile, the trail splits to form the loop. For the mile markers and directional posts, follow this loop counter-clockwise so bear right at the split. This section is the Hardage Mill Trail. There are many smaller side trails but it's always easy to tell which is the main trail.

The trail follows closely along Noses Creek briefly before connecting to the Noses Creek Trail at the bridge. You'll be returning by this trail but the two intersect at the bridge. Turn right, cross the bridge, then immediately turn right to leave the wider path and hike along the other side of the creek. You'll notice a couple place you could rock hop across the creek if you were so inclined.

The Hardage Mill Trail ends at a gate in front of Dallas Hwy/Whitlock Avenue. Staying straight through the split rail fence will take you to the crosswalk, but this loop turns around here, turning left now on the Noses Creek Trail. You'll cross back over the bridge and continue back to the original split to finish out the loop.

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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 mi
104 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.6 mi
230 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
139 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
306 ft
47 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
190 ft
40 ft
Elevation Loss
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Loss
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.7 mi
110 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.6 mi
204 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
111 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
319 ft
53 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
272 ft
66 ft
Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
Reverse Hike loop in reverse direction.
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead
0.35 mi
0.35 mi - Loop Split, Turn Right Following the direction on the park maps, turn right at the split. This direction also follows the mile marker and directional arrow posts.
1.25 mi
1.25 mi - Noses Creek Bridge, Right, Right Connect to the Noses Creek return trail at the bridge. Turn right to cross the bridge, then immediately turn right again to head back down along the creek on the other side.
2.18 mi
2.18 mi - Highway, Turn Left The trail ends at Dallas Hwy/Whitlock Avenue. Turn left to continue on the loop. The trail through the split rail fence leads to the crosswalk and more trails.
2.8 mi
2.8 mi - Cross Bridge Again This time, stay straight on the wider path.
3.14 mi
3.14 mi - Stay Left New Salem Church Trail on right at sign.
3.24 mi
3.24 mi - Stay Straight At the original split, stay straight to finish the loop portion of the hike.
3.6 mi
3.6 mi - Return to Trailhead
Details
length3.6 miles
difficulty3.5 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
trail typeLoop
blazeYellow
elevation gain540 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 33.963231, -84.593669 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°57.79, W 84°35.62 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°57'48'', N 33°57'48'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
33.963231, -84.593669 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°57.79, W 84°35.62 most GPS units use this one
N 33°57'48'', N 33°57'48'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot near the exit. Left across the road will take you to Kennesaw Mountain but this loop stays right along the field.
Parking Capacity
63 parking spaces + 3 handicap
Notes
Maps can be found in the Visitor Center and at the park website at https://www.nps.gov/kemo.
Get to the parking lot early. I got there just after 8am and there were only 3 spots left, which filled up immediately after.
Several side trails you can explore, but it's easy to figure out which is the main trail. Any place it might be confusing there is a directional post.
Watch out for horse poop!
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-5 months ago
Nice Quiet Local Atlanta Hike
Don't take this trail if you're expecting epic views or waterfalls. This trail is perfect for locals who just want to get out and enjoy nature for a few miles. Bring the dog or go for a run. Or just get lost in the woods for an hour or two. With so many other trails in the Kennesaw Mountain park, you can easily combine this to make as long of a hike as you want.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2019
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