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Kennesaw Mountain Visitor Center to Cheatham Hill Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kennesaw Mountain   Hike: Kennesaw Mountain Visitor Center to Cheatham Hill Loop  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, May 19 2022  9:00 am >> Thu, May 19 2022 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, May 13 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 18 2022 8:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Nate P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Come spend your Thursday with Nate and Ann for a fun hike at Kennesaw Mountain. This is Nate’s third co-lead as part of his AOC TL training. This is an exploratory hike for Nate as well.

The group will meet outside the Kennesaw Mountain Visitor Center. If you can’t find parking space at the visitor center lot, I would recommend finding a spot at the Old 41 Highway Overflow lot and walking from there.

We will head southbound from the Visitor Center up the western loop section to summit Kennesaw Mountain. After a brief stop for pictures, we will continue hiking to Little Kennesaw and Pigeon Hill and down towards Burnt Hickory Road and Hardage Cemetery. From there, we will turn off the Noses Creek Trail and continue on Hardage Mill Trail until Whitlock Avenue.

After that, we’ll continue hiking south on Old John Word Road via the Connector Trail until we get to the fork near Cheatham Hill parking lot where we will ascend on the Assault Trail up to Cheatham Hill and Illinois Monument. The group will take a short break here to rest and have lunch/snacks before descending down the Cease Fire Trail back to Whitlock Avenue.

Next we will continue down the flatter eastern loop section, which consists of Noses Creek, Salem Church, Brumby Camp and Kennesaw Mountain trails before arriving back at the Visitor Center parking lot to complete the hike.

Our total elevation gain for this hike will be around 1900ft. This will be a fast hike with an average pace of 2.5mph and recent D4/D5 experience is recommended.

Required Items to Bring:

Water, Hiking Boots, Lunch/Snacks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hat, Sunscreen, Hiking Poles, Camera

How to Get There:
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There is a $5 daily entry free to hike at Kennesaw Mountain since it is part of the National Park System. If you love hiking at Kennesaw, I would recommend purchasing the $40 annual pass.

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