Located just minutes from downtown Atlanta in the city of Kennesaw, Georgia. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers visitors miles of lush covered trails in the heart of the suburbs. The longest trail in the park is the Green Loop which comes in at around 16.6 miles. Only doubling back on itself for less than a mile, it’s hard to find a better trail run in such a congested area. The year around lush trees block the city houses and sounds allowing you to feel miles away from everyone. When in reality you’re never that far from someone’s backyard.
Kennesaw Mountain Trail Running – The Full 16 mile Green Loop – Atlanta, Georgia
Length: 16+ Miles
Elevation Gain: 2,800ft+
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Description: This is the full loop of Kennesaw Mountain. Starting with a climb up and over the mountain the trail then turns to rolling hills with plenty of tree cover except for a few beautiful (and hot) open meadows. On the return the trail goes around the mountain vs back up and over.
Hiking Kennesaw Mountain Big Loop – Tips & Info
- There are three water fountains on the loop. One at the beginning, one at mile 6 (you will see this again at mile 12ish) and at around mile 8.5. This allows you to carry less water.
- The trail is incredibly well marked with markers every 0.5 miles or so.
- Parking is $5 only by app/online. And there is an overflow lot roughly .4 miles away from the start of the Green Loop at the visitor center. So this will add a mile or so to your trip if you have to park there.
- The front side of Kennesaw Mountain and the start of the loop gets very busy. The back side feels much more remote. With much fewer people and some great runnable trails.
- The start up the loop will send you up and over Kennesaw Mountain. Once over the mountain the trail becomes rolling hills with a couple little climbs near the creak at Burnt Hickory.