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Kennesaw Mountain, Cheatham Hill Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Pigeon Hill parking lot
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 28 2021  8:00 am >> Sat, Aug 28 2021 11:00 am
Registration Opens: Wed, Aug 25 2021 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 28 2021 6:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:6.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is a part of the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield that many people have never seen.  It's a refreshing change from the mountain climb, and less strenuous.  The trails are relatively flat compared to Big Kennesaw, Little Kennesaw and Pigeon Hill, but the distance and pace of the hike will provide a good workout.

Be sure to check directions.  You will be parking at the Pigeon Hill parking lot, which is at the intersection of Burnt Hickory Rd and Old Mountain Rd, NOT at the Visitors' Center.  Be aware that there are no bathroom facilities at this location (though there is an abundance of trees!).

Up to three dogs allowed on this hike. Park regulations require that dogs be kept on leash. Bags are provided in dispensers at the park for picking up dog droppings.

From the parking lot we will walk along the West Trail to Dallas Highway. From there we will walk to Cheatham Hill and back to Dallas Highway. From there the East Trail will take us back to Burnt Hickory Rd. After crossing the road we will proceed a short distance and turn left on a connector trail that intersects the East Trail near the bottom of Pigeon Hill. Turning left, we will descend  a short distance to the parking lot.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water and snacks.
Good hiking shoes.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Drive from Atlanta on I 75 to Exit 269. At the bottom of the ramp turn left on Barrett Parkway and proceed approximately 4.5 miles. Turn left on Burnt Hickory Rd and proceed approximately 1.4 miles. Parking lot will be on the right.


- Parking is limited. You are advised to arrive early in case you need to wait for a parking spot.
- Some people have encountered difficulties following driving directions from smart phones or the web. The directions given in this page are not necessarily the shortest, but they are simple and easy to follow.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

There is a fee to use any of the parking lots within Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. You can purchase a daily pass for $5 or an annual pass for $40. The annual pass is for Kennesaw Mountain only and not to be confused with the annual National Park pass. Purchase your passes at the Visitor Center or online at Unless you plan to first stop at the Visitor Center, purchasing your pass online is the best option.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.