Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr.
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 427-4686

From June 19 until July 2, 1864, 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought on the land that now forms Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his troops temporarily halted Union General William T. Sherman’s advance toward Atlanta here during that hot summer. Over 5,350 soldiers lost their lives in the battle.

Even if you aren’t a history buff, Kennesaw Mountain is well worth a visit. Not only is the park a great place for biking (on open, paved roadways), running or hiking the more than 17 miles of interpretive trails, it also is dog-friendly (on a leash no more than 6 ft.). Enjoy a picnic in the designated areas; a few small grills are even available.

Today, the 2,884-acre park includes three battlefield areas: In front of the Visitor Center, off Burnt Hickory Road and the main site is located at Cheatham Hill. Eleven miles of earthworks are preserved within the park, which is the only National Park Service property that commemorates the Atlanta Campaign.

Of course, no visit is complete without a trip up Kennesaw Mountain. The Visitor Center — with an 18-minute film about the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw, an expanded museum and a shop – is a good place to stop before heading up the mountain. The mountain is 1808 feet above sea level, and the incline from the Visitor Center to the mountain’s summit is approximately 700 feet. Just imagine the battle taking place here! The hike up is approximately 1.4 miles on the road and 1.2 mile up the trail. If the walk is too much for you, you may drive your car to the mountain top on weekdays. On the weekends, the road is closed but shuttle service is available. Your efforts will be rewarded by an unparalleled view once you reach the top.

Interpretive programs — such as guided hikes and walks, talks, demonstrations, and “living history” events — are offered throughout the year. See our calendar of events for more information.

While there’s no fee to park or enter Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, there is a small price ($1 to $2) if you want to ride the shuttle bus to the top of the mountain.

Kennesaw Mountain is a day use battlefield park, which means it is open “from dawn to dusk.” More specifically, The Visitor Center building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Visitor Center lot and battlefield grounds are open 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Mountain Road is open 8:30 a.m. through7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday only.

Cheatham Hill Battlefield grounds are open 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All grounds and facilities are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Located in Kennesaw, west of Marietta, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is accessible from I-75 and the Barrett Parkway. Follow the brown signs marking the way to the park.

Call 770-427-4686 for more details.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center

Civil War Cannon outside the visitor center
Civil War Cannon outside the visitor center

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Museum
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Museum

Inside the Kennesaw Mountain Museum
Inside the Kennesaw Mountain Museum

Kennesaw Mountain is a memorial to the thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers
“Kennesaw Mountain is a memorial to the thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers who faught here, and the courage, honor, and devotion that is their legacy to us all.”

Civil War Cannon at Kennesaw Mountain, in Kennesaw Georgia
Civil War Cannon at Kennesaw Mountain, in Kennesaw Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain Aftermath
“This is hallowed ground. For two terrible weeks in the summer of 1864, thousands of Americans fought and bled and died here. Honor their sacrifices. Walk reverently in their footsteps. The fierce struggle they waged here not only helped decide the outcome of America’s Civil War. It shaped the fate of a nation, and the destiny of generations yet unborn.”

Gift shop outside the Kennesaw Mountain Museum
Gift shop outside the Kennesaw Mountain Museum

To protect this battlefield's historic integrity
“To protect this battlefield’s historic integrity recreation activities such as ball playing, sunbathing, kite flying and picnicing are not allowed in this field.”

Clash at Kennesaw
“Clash at Kennesaw – This National Battlefield Park commemorates the Civil War battle fought here and the 1864 Atlanta Campaign.”

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
View of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

road to the top of Kennesaw Mountain
The road to the top of Kennesaw Mountain is open to vehicles Monday to Friday

road to the top is closed to vehicles
On weekends, the road to the top is closed to vehicles

a shuttle bus service is available
Although the road is closed to private vehicles, a shuttle bus service is available on Saturday and Sunday. This bus will take you to the top of the mountain and back down. Alternatively, you can hike to the top on foot.

parking lot at the top of Kennesaw Mountain
The parking lot at the top of Kennesaw Mountain is open until 5:30pm

the top of Kennesaw Mountain
From the top of Kennesaw Mountain, you can see Stone Mountain, Downtown Marietta, the city of Atlanta, and more.

View of Marietta
View of Marietta, and in the distance is a view of Stone Mountain, 28 miles to the southeast.

city of Atlanta in the distance
View from the top of Kennesaw Mountain, with the city of Atlanta in the distance.

Close up view of the city of Atlanta
Close up view of the city of Atlanta from the top of Kennesaw Mountain.

Little Kennesaw
View from the top of Kennesaw Mountain of the twin peak, or “Little Kennesaw”

Kennesaw Mountain
View from the road to the top of Kennesaw Mountain

View from the road
View from the road to the top of Kennesaw Mountain

twin peak of Kennesaw
View of the twin peak of Kennesaw, on the way down from the top.

paths around the park
If you do not want to hike to the top of the mountain, you can follow one of the paths around the park.

Civil War monument
Civil War monument on a trail around Kennesaw Mountain

Georgia Confederate Soldiers
“Georgia Confederate Soldiers – We sleep here in obedience to the law; when duty called, we came, when country called, we died.”

Path towards Cheetham Hill in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Path towards Cheetham Hill in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Old stone bridge near the Kennesaw Mountain trail
Old stone bridge near the Kennesaw Mountain trail

Dogs are welcome
Dogs are welcome in Kennesaw Mountain Park, but you must keep them on a leash.

CCC Camp Headquarters
“CCC Camp Headquarters Site”
Established on July 1, 1938, the Civilian Conservation Corps was established at Kennesaw Mountain to work on roads, buildings, landscape, erosion control, and interpretation.

Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant birdwatching location
Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant birdwatching location near Atlanta, and one of the best in the southeast. A checklist of birds is available in the visitor center.

a trail near Kennesaw Mountain
Late winter/early spring view of a trail near Kennesaw Mountain

A picnic in the park is a popular activity at Kennesaw Mountain
A picnic in the park is a popular activity at Kennesaw Mountain.