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Kennesaw Mountain Late Morning Hike Rain or Shine

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kennesaw, GA   Hike: Kennesaw Mountain Late Morning Hike Rain or Shine  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 5 2014  11:00 am >> Sun, Jan 5 2014 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 2 2014 3:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 5 2014 8:30 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:6 Miles
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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: 20 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Who's up for late morning blood pumping hike at Kennesaw Mountain?  We will complete six miles of hiking with plenty of elevation changes and enjoy the numerous views of the Marietta/Kennesaw area. 

Faster hikers are welcome to go ahead at their own pace, while I will sweep the rest of the group. 

The hike will start at 11 AM, so please plan on meeting 10 minutes prior to that time to sign in.  You can either park at the newer parking lot on old US Hwy 41 or in the main visitor's center parking lot, if you can get a space there.  Allow a few minutes to walk from the old US 41 parking lot to the visitor's center if you park there.

We will meet at the visitor's center just outside for sign-in.  We will hike the 1.2 miles to the 1808 ft. top of Kennesaw Mountain. From there, we will head across Little Kennesaw Mountain, cross Burnt Hickory Road, then head back over Little and Big Kennesaw Mountains to the visitor center.

- Intended for intermediate to advanced hikers with prior D3/D4 hiking experience, who don't mind hiking at a moderate pace.  However, this is not a beginner hike.

NOTE: We should be able to finish this hike in about 2 and 1/2 hours, however I put 3 hours just in case of rain and if trail is wet or slippery.

Special thanks to Samantha Loucks  for allowing me to get information from her previous event.

- Please note the directions below.

Required Items to Bring:

1 L or more of water or sports drink
Good hiking shoes
Rain gear (Forecast calls for 60% chance of rain at present)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking pole or poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions and Parking:

1) I-75 North to exit 267B Hwy 5 Canton Road Connector

2) If you are not heading west after getting off of the Interstate you are going the wrong way. You should be heading towards US 41 and downtown Marietta after getting off of I-75 onto the Canton Road Connector and see Kennesaw Mountain on your right.

3) You will be tempted to take the first exit off of the Canton Road Connector which is US 41, but do not take it. Proceed over US 41 on a bridge staying on the Canton Road Connector.

4) After crossing US 41 take a right at the first traffic signal which is Church Street Extension.

5) You should cross railroad tracks soon.

6) Take a left onto Old 41 at the second traffic signal. If you get to US 41 again, you have missed the turn onto Old 41 so turn around.

7) Stay on Old US 41 until you pass in front of the mountain and park in the newer parking lot on the left after passing the traffic signal for Stilesboro Road. 

FYI: The newer parking lot - approximately 270 spaces, is open but parking on Old Highway 41 is now off-limits due to construction.

8) Last resort / panic mode / all available parking spaces have been taken: When this happens, here is where to park - Turn around and head back in front of the mountain on Old 41. Take the first left which is White Circle Road. Take the first right which is White Road Court. Park on the side of the road.


Here is the physical address for GPS user:

900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive

Kennesaw, GA

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