Ever wanted to go somewhere else for a while? A place to clear your head, walk off some stress, but at the same time, isn’t too committal of a trip or far away for your liking? And, perhaps, learn a bit of history in the process? If that’s the case, then Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park may be to your liking.
Located under 25 minutes away from the Kennesaw Campus, this park is under the protection of the National Park Service, and stands today as a monument to not only as the setting of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain during the Civil War, but also a reminder of the events leading up to that battle. History aside, it is quite a peaceful place, and hosts a good number of hiking trails that one can forget their troubles on.
After entering off Stilesboro Road, and parking in the Visitor’s Lot, you will likely take note of the serenity in the atmosphere. Despite being relatively close to traffic, there is a quietness to the place, though this may be due to a visit earlier in the morning. The first building to greet would be the sight of the smallish Visitor’s Center, which, you’ll also probably notice, is presently taking only a few people at a time due to COVID issues. Seeing as hiking the trails is free, however, you should be free to proceed on foot, heading around the right side of the brick building on the road that leads to the trails. Each trail is a dirt path, and while all of them cleared of trees, there are points were the trail becomes unevenly rocky, so it is advised to watch your step during steep portions of the paths. On these trails, the trees are surprisingly green for a place already in the fall season, and the air only gets fresher as you ascend the mountain. You will find that stationed along these paths are small museum labels that details some history regarding the Confederacy and how they once fortified the mountain for battle. Additionally, there are a few places along the trails that allow for a decent view of distant Georgian cities. 2 miles on one of these trails roughly equates to 1 hour at normal walking speeds.
While I personally couldn’t participate in a tour of the mountain, due to COVID restrictions, there are normally tour guides available for reservations at 10:00 in the morning, who will personally guide you and your party around the mountain. Those who I was able to talk with, however, were reasonable and friendly, if not a bit concerned my health.
Overall, it is very relaxing experience, as one can expect from a series of mountain trails. I myself had this place recommended to me by a friend, and I would absolutely do the same to anyone else. The only downsides I could find were the larger crowds as the morning fades away, but that’s to be expected.