Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Site of a crucial Civil War battle offers a modern visitor center and a number of hiking trails on its grounds.
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  • Lisa N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    America needs more employees like the this young man.
    I went and purchased a pass for going up the mountain in my vehicle at the business office. I was very impressed by the young man who sold it to me. He was articulate, knowledgeable and quite gracious. To the Kennesaw mountain manager. You very lucky to have him. He can go far, he obviously very passionate about his job.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Rick D
    Jupiter, Florida508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rich in History
    Really needed a few more hours to fully do some hiking to specific attractions- have a bad knee so we chose the self guided car tour and although very cool, we were kinda short at each stop bc I just couldn’t explore by foot. This place is beautifully eerie once you immerse yourself in its history. Best time to go is during the week and most definitely in the fall when the leaves are changing. Some views from the top of Kennesaw Mountain are gorgeous. On a good day you can see downtown ATL and Stone Mountain to the East. Good video in the visitor center and access to everything is $5. Will be back when ambulatory. 👍🏼
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • TravelerCentralFLA
    Clermont, Florida1,379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice Mix of History and Nature
    My family and I visited Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park on our recent visit to Georgia. This park is a very interesting mix of history and nature. There are some very nice hiking trails in the hills north of Atlanta as well as historical markers concerning the battle at Kennesaw Mountain. We started at the visitor center and especially enjoyed the well-made film that explains the battle. It was sobering to thinking so many men lost their lives in the beautiful area. The historical artifacts were also quite interesting in the museum area of the visitor center. Do note that there is a $5 charge to park at the National Battlefield. I paid the fee inside the visitor center. We drove and walked some of the battlefield. If you like history this is a very interesting place. I highly recommend a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 8, 2024
  • Seth G
    Eddyville, Illinois27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish we could’ve stayed longer!
    The family and I visited the battlefield, visitor center, and then drove up to the look out area. We then walked up the line of the Confederate cannon emplacements. All I can say is that I wish we were not just passing by! First off the grounds are very well maintained. There is a nice picnic area and hiking trails. We really wished we could have hiked and stayed longer but we were just passing through. We certainly plan on stopping in again and staying longer! The visitor center was great as was the gift shop.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2024
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ATLworldtravel
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
If you park in the main lot next to the museum (which is very limited), that is the ONLY lot you'll see a sign telling you to pay. If you park in the overflow lot down the street, there is literally no indication of what, where, or how to pay for the parking. In the overflow lot there is no sign, no payment kiosk, no instructions, etc. You'll literally come back to your car with a $55 ticket ($25 fine PLUS $30 "processing fee") for your trouble without any way of knowing how you could have avoided it. Again, big sign on their main lot, but nothing in the overflow lot. We certainly weren't alone in our disgust at this obvious cash grab by Cobb County as the entire overflow lot was full of little yellow tickets on windshields of all the cars. Clever move Cobb County, hope it was worth it.
Written December 17, 2020
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Gafilpoo
Bluffton, OH484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
There were lots of hiking options. The museum gives a true perspective on the civil war, with many exhibits and stories. The hikes include easy, fairly flat options. There are also a few strenuous hikes to climb up the mountains. A half day is enough to see a lot of the most important parts of the park. You can spend all day there and still not hike every trail. Most trails are shaded, so you can survive hot days in the park.
Written October 20, 2020
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valliam13
Sorrento, FL395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
There is a lot of history here. They are following CDC guidelines and right now their theater is closed, which made us a little sad because we love to get the history. I recommend going to the visitor center first before driving or hiking up to the top of the mountain. There are other trails and sites to see but this is a big park so you will likely still want to drive and park for some of it. We spent 2.25 hours there and didn’t hike. We just drove to the spots and hiked a little.
Written December 3, 2020
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Karen123WV
Elkins, WV290 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This is a park you have to pay to visit although most of the park sites are scattered along country roads and within a neighborhood so not sure how they can enforce the fee other than when at the Visitors Center. We completely missed one of the seven identified sites and I'm sure the locals are annoyed at the park visitors driving slowly trying to find turnoffs for the various sites. We've visited a number of other battlefields (Gettysburg, Antietam, Chicamauga) and all were better organized.
Written September 14, 2022
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Rob E.
Douglas, GA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Visited during a short day trip with family. I've visited multiple Civil War battlefields ranging from massive federal parks like Gettysburg down to small local historic sights in rural Missouri. Kennesaw Mountain fell little short on the historic side for me, but was very scenic with impressive views.

Location/Access: Just off Intestate 75 near Atlanta. Easy access with moderate traffic in the area. Note: There is a small parking fee of $5.

Visitor Center: For historic interpretation, this was not one of the best parks I've seen. Even moderate sized National Battlefields like Antietam or Wilson's Creek have better interpretation of the battle. A lot of focus is put on the overall Atlanta Campaign, but the actual troop movements and actions on sight were not very well explained. Maps are available, but do not show a lot of detail about troop movement. The museum was sparse, and other than a few uniforms and a cannon, there wasn't much to see. Parking was very crowded and a lot of foot/bike traffic in area.

Tour: This site is very spread out across rough terrain. There is no organized driving tour, and the sites are spread out much like Gettysburg. Several of the roads in the area are full of local traffic which makes driving frustrating. Expect to spend a lot of time in your vehicle if you wish to see all of the historic stops.

Hiking/Scenery: This is Kennesaw's strong point. There are TONS of hiking trails here. The view from atop Kennesaw Mountain is unbelievable. The entire Atlanta metro area is spread out below you, and even Stone Mountain is visible in the distance. Trails are mostly steep and moderate to difficult in areas. While driving up/down the Kennesaw Mountain access road, keep a careful eye out for mountain bikers or hikers. The road is narrow with no guard rails and the hikers/bikers will be everywhere. Keep the speed very slow.

Overall: From a history enthusiast's viewpoint, this stop wasn't that great. I found it to be more of an outdoor lover's park geared more toward hiking and mountain biking. A little more interpretation with better signage would have made this stop better. The views though made the entire experience worth the time to stop.
Written May 20, 2022
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My family and I visited Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park on our recent visit to Georgia. This park is a very interesting mix of history and nature. There are some very nice hiking trails in the hills north of Atlanta as well as historical markers concerning the battle at Kennesaw Mountain.
We started at the visitor center and especially enjoyed the well-made film that explains the battle. It was sobering to thinking so many men lost their lives in the beautiful area. The historical artifacts were also quite interesting in the museum area of the visitor center. Do note that there is a $5 charge to park at the National Battlefield. I paid the fee inside the visitor center.
We drove and walked some of the battlefield. If you like history this is a very interesting place. I highly recommend a visit.
Written January 8, 2024
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waldentenn
Signal Mountain, TN825 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
Overrun with exerciser sizers it has become a recreational rather than historic site. It’s hard to find parking at the visitor center and most tour stops.

Still if you are willing to deal with the mass of traffic and joggers, you can come away with a good understanding of this pivotal battle. The visitor center exhibits are excellent. The driving tour requires navigating crowded public roads rather than dedicated tour roads but is well marked. No ranger interpretation so you are on your own to understand what happened.

Frankly this is not the reflective kind of experience one often gets at a tragic place where so many Americans perished. The crowded city park atmosphere dominates. But I still recommend rolling up your sleeves and pushing through the chaos to visit this critical episode of Civil War history.
Written August 17, 2021
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Tamara M
Atlanta, GA1,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
My husband and I visited Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for the first time and really enjoyed it. We went during the week and were able to park in the main parking lot. We went inside and spoke to the very helpful people that worked there. They told us that parking was $5 and we gladly paid that. We put our receipt in our windshield. We then walked around the visitor's center and the museum inside. We really enjoyed the museum and found it very informative. We then spoke to a gentleman about the walking trails and found a trail that worked well for us. The views were amazing and we loved all of the nature around us. We will definitely plan to visit again.
Written September 20, 2021
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maddieBocaRaton_fl
Boca Raton, FL219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Visitor center closed, restrooms open!!
Parking is difficult. Not too many spots.
Yvonne, park staff, was at the base of the climb. She was so helpful and nice! There were a lot of people asking questions and she never got flustered, and it was so hot!
The climb is long, almost a mile, but not too difficult. I forgot to put on sneakers and wore my sandals, I made it.
At top a man was selling drinks and park stuff, he also had official brochures.
There was a parking lot there, so I guess you could drive, but what fun is that?!
Written August 22, 2020
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Kathie G
Chapel Hill, NC125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The park is very large and spread out. You need a car to get to the key Civil War points. The maps at the Visitor's Center are very helpful. The museum at the visitor's center is excellent! There is interesting information on how the Civil War effected the citizens in Atlanta, Marietta and the surrounding towns in the path of Sherman's March. I found this focus on the everyday people unique and compelling. The trails are plentiful and the views breathtaking on Kennesaw Mountain. I arrived at 9:00 am Saturday and the parking lot was filled to capacity. Many people use the trails on the weekends as a recreational outing. I was able to see Atlanta and Stone Mountain from the top of Kennesaw Mountain.
Written October 24, 2021
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