Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill Loop
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
7.4
Length
hike difficulty
5.4
Duration 2 hours
Elevation Gain 670 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
Parking Fee None
Blaze None
Nearby City Marietta, GA
Trailhead Coord. 33.937049, -84.596797

At just under 3,000 acres, Kennesaw National Battlefield Park offers over 15 miles of trails, from short flat walks to climbing the 1800 foot namesake mountain. Located northwest of Atlanta, between Marietta and Kennesaw, and with easy access from I-75, the park is ideally situated and, therefore, very popular.



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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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
33.937049, -84.596797 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°56.22, W 84°35.81 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°56'13'', W 84°35'48'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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Further Directions
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.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152
770-427-4686



Cautions & Warnings
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.



Other Information
The park claims to be the most visited Civil War battlefield in the country, and as such, can be very crowded in the warmer months, so arrive early to miss some of the congestion.