DescriptionKennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park occupies 2,965 acres 2.5 miles northwest of Marietta off I-75 exit 269, then 4 mi. w. on Old US 41. In June 1864, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate Army, retreating before Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's march to Atlanta, took up a strong position on Kennesaw (KEN-uh saw) Mountain in the path of the invading forces. Sherman, however, ultimately forced Johnston and his troops to abandon the mountain and retreat south.
Earthworks from this battle are well preserved. A paved road to the crest of Kennesaw Mountain has fine views; around the crest is a trail with maps illustrating the conflict. The visitor center at the foot of the mountain on Old US 41 offers exhibits and a 35-minute film “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain.” Living history demonstrations, educational programs and temporary exhibits also are available.
Picnicking is permitted in designated areas. The mountain road is closed weekends and major holidays; a shuttle bus provides transportation to the mountaintop during these times.
Allow 2 hours minimum. The battlefield is open daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center is open daily 9-5, year-round. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free. Shuttle bus fare $3; $1.50 (ages 6-11). Phone (770) 427-4686.