Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Overview

The name Kennesaw is derived from the Cherokee Indian "Gah-nee-sah" meaning cemetery or burial ground. Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is a 2,888 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign, during which over 67,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured. The battle was fought from June 18, 1864 until July 2, 1864. There are three battlefield areas at the park: in front of the Visitor Center, off Burnt Hickory Road, and the main site at Cheatham Hill (commonly known as the Dead Angle). The visitor center provides introductory information about the park and the battle. While walking some of the 17.3 miles of interpretive walking trails, you will see historic earthworks, cannon emplacements, and various interpretive signs. There are three monuments representing groups that fought here. Kennesaw Mountain is 1808 feet above sea level. The visitor center is approximately 700 feet above sea level. The hike up is about 1.4 miles on the road and 1.2 mile up the trail.

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Seasonality / Weather

The Visitor Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Visitor Center lot and battlefield grounds are open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kennesaw Mountain Road is open 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday only, excluding major holidays and weather permitting.
Cheatham Hill Battlefield grounds are open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.
Battlefield grounds and all facilities are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Visitors can expect a short spring and fall with hot summers and mild winters.

Directions

Driving: 

From I-75 North
To exit 269 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn left onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk.

From I-75 South
To exit 269 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn right onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk.

From I-575 North
To exit 1 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn left onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3.5 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk.

From I-575 South
To exit 1 (Barrett Parkway). At the stoplight turn right onto Barrett Parkway. Follow Barrett Parkway for approximately 3.5 miles, turn left at the light, onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at your next light, Stilesboro Rd. The visitor center will be immediately on your left. Brown and white signs located along the roads will guide you as well. Directions from the visitor center to Cheatham Hill are provided in the visitor center at the information desk.

Public Transport: 

The Cobb County Transit (CCT) stops approximately three miles from the visitor center. No other transportation is provided.