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Long Walk: Kennesaw Mountain 17.5 miles CHANGED START TIME

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Burnt Hickory Road/Pigeon Hill Parking Lot - NOT Visitors Center   Hike: Long Walk:  Kennesaw Mountain 17.5 miles CHANGED START TIME  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jun 16 2022  6:30 am >> Thu, Jun 16 2022 1:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 9 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 15 2022 8:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:17.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ralph Howard
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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: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Join us at Kennesaw Mountain for a 17.5 mile hike . (1 pass over the mountain)
We will start, a bit early to avoid some of the heat, at Burnt Hickory parking (Also called Pigeon Hill Trail parking lot).  Heading first to New Salem and then Brumby towards the visitor center around the base of the mountain. We will stop at the visitor center for a quick restroom stop. We will then continue up and over the mountain. If you desire to go ahead you must wait for all of the group at Burnt Hickory road. This will bring us back to our cars if you want to switch any gear out. We will then continue onto the Hardage Mill trail, there are HILLS in this section. We will cross Dallas highway and take the Cease Fire trail to the Kolb's Farm West trail we will continue on Kolb's Farm East Trail to Cheatham hill and pass the tomb of the unknown soldier and come up behind the Illinois monument.  We will stop here for a brief lunch/snack.  We will proceed across Dallas Highway heading back this time via gravel path back towards the Burnt Hickory parking lot.
Hike at a MODERATE pace (2.5 to 3 MPH); but will stop for regrouping at strategic intersections.  If you are unfamiliar with  hiking this distance - this might not be for you. If you have not completed a strenuous D4 recently, you must email hiking information (distance, elevation, time) to the trip leader; otherwise we will put you on the waitlist.

Required Items to Bring:

Water/energy drink (you can keep extra in the car and pick up as we walk past).


Hiking or Trail Shoes

Park Pass!


Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:
Burnt Hickory Road - Pigeon Hill Parking Lot
NOTE:   Parking lot is small. Allow time to park.  
Latitude, Longitude: 33.96318482636759, -84.59383379945831
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.
Alternate Directions from Downtown Marietta: Hwy 120 (Dallas Hwy) from downtown Marietta thru traffic light, right on Burnt Hickory, parking lot 1.5 miles down on left.


To get credit for the hike, you must complete the entire hike.

*Itinerary is subject to change anytime at the discretion of the trip leader(s).

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

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