Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,965 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Opposing forces maneuvered and fought here from June 19, 1864 until July 2, 1864. Although most famous as a Civil War battlefield, Kennesaw Mountain has a much richer story.
This is an excellent loop for a nice walk with the dog. I take my dog here often, generally parking at Cheatham Hill and making the loop from there. Nice 5 mile walk. We often extend it to seven by connecting to the Cheatham Hill trail at the Illinois Monument.
The East section that runs along the creek is my favorite. Very scenic and not too crowded in the morning. Much of the walk we see no one. Saw at least a dozen deer this morning.
Did the "red" Kennesaw Mtn Trail (~5.6 mi loop). The highly technical parts are challenging and fun. Great elev change on the mountain portion, obviously. The backside portion (final 2.5 or so) was super easy and kinda boring. I recommend running this loop once, taking your time to stop at the historical markers, cannon emplacements, and the awesome overlooks. Then, run it again w/whatever intensity you want or need. Practice your footing techniques, particularly on the downhills.
Loved that it had challenging parts, wildlife (I saw a bunch of deer, big birds, lizards, & squirrels), and filled with history. First part of trail up to the peak is very busy, but after that it was peaceful and only saw a handful of people at most.