Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Even if you’re not a big history buff, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will be well worth the visit. This park offers many amenities and things to do, such as biking, on both open and paved roadways, running, and hiking on more than 17 miles of trails. Don’t be afraid to load up the car and bring your furry friend along too. There are designated picnic areas as well with a few small grills for you and your family to enjoy a flavorful barbecue.

While you are enjoying this beautiful park, let’s not forget that from June 19 until July 2, 1864, over 160,000 Confederate and Union soldiers fought on Kennesaw Mountain. More than 5,350 soldiers lost their lives in this battle. During the hot summer of 1864, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his army temporarily ceased the Union General William T. Sherman’s advancement towards Atlanta.

Today, Kennesaw Mountain Park consists of 2,884 acres, which include three historic battlefields. You should start your visit by stopping by the visitor center that houses an 18-minute film about Atlanta’s Campaign and the Battle that took place in Kennesaw. You can also browse the expanded museum and gift shop. Once finished, enjoy a hike up Kennesaw Mountain, which is 1,808 feet above sea level. Once at the top, you have a clear view of the Atlanta skyline to the south and Stone Mountain to the east. The incline from the Visitor’s Center to the mountain’s summit is 700 feet. You can imagine the battle that took place there.

If you’re unable to do the hike, feel free to drive your Newnan Chevrolet to the top during the weekdays. The road is closed on weekends, but shuttles are available. The view from the top has been described as more than breathtaking. There is no fee for parking or entering Kennesaw Mountain Park, but there is a small fee of $2 if you prefer to ride the shuttle to the top of the mountain. Guided hikes and walks are available along with “living history” events throughout the year. Be sure to check this historic and fascinating park off of your bucket list. Have a safe trip from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

Image by Timothy Carroll via Flickr Creative Commons

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