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Burnt Hickory Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kennesaw, Georgia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 501 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Historic site
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Rusty Ruus
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Jonathan Waldroup
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Great for kids, easy trail to the creek and the creek was excellent for the kids to explore (shallow, rocky, slow). Be prepared to wait for parking.

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Rustom Kanga
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Kirill Kantor
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Rhonda Conner
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Beautiful trail!!

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matt norum
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Virginia Crowson
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Susan O’Farrell
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Very hilly, but awesome. We went counter clockwise like suggested. That made the biggest hills earlier in the hike, which was great for us.

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Rustom Kanga
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Rusty Ruus
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Meg Garavaglia
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My fave hike so far just because it had rained recently so the stream/creek made a burbling sound when we were close & ran across rocks while sun was shining brightly. My dog swam to cool off & it was just a very cool time!

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Keith Hildebrandt
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A fair amount of traffic on this trail. Watch for the horse poop.

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Sylvia Martz
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Great

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Annie Hodge Pridgen
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Perfect trail for hiking or running. Dog loved the creek in the middle of the trail. Nice, long trail but not too long. Wooded areas and secluded in areas.

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Aj Depuydt
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Very nice trail! Got to see some deer and other wildlife, would recommend this place to anyone :)

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E & T Schoenwetter
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nice trail, nothing special. If you make the loop, you’ll need to go through the creek. Wear waterproof shoes! Depends on rainfall how high the water levels are.

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Mallory Thalman
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The Hardage Mill portion is amazing! Some elevation changes, but nothing terrible. Almost completely shaded, and absolutely beautiful. I didn't care for the Noses Creek portion as much, because most of that was on a gravelly access road, and wasn't as comfortable to walk (despite being mostly flat). The creek makes a fun place to take a break. There probably should be better signage around the creek, as I did get a little confused about where I was supposed to go to follow the trail. But I figured it out in the end. There was also a lot of horse dung on the trail, but I suppose that's one of the least offensive poos to encounter. I still think this trail deserves 5 stars, and I'll definitely be back to enjoy it in different seasons!

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Jim Pierce
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Arrive before 8am on the weekends or wait for parking. Lots of runners on first half of loop. Less on the return portion of the loop. I would do this one again on a weekday.

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Diana Hester
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Awesome trail will definitely do this one again.

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Luis A. Moya
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Love this trail best one yet .

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Rich Shannon
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This is a nice hike. It is mostly shaded. The north and south sections of the Hardage Mill trail are more challenging but nothing too treacherous.

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Greg Horstmeier
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Nice bridge over a shallow, slow-moving creek. Historic civil war markers along the way.

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Kenai Epps
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I really liked this trail! It was a quick 3.6 miles with a few hilly spots but for the most part the terrain was relatively simple to traverse through. My only issue was at about the 1.5 mile mark when you get to Hardage Mill/Noses Creek Trail junction. The map shows a tiny loop, and it took me a minute to figure out what to do to continue on the trail. When you get to Noses Creek, you want to go to your left (follow the yellow/green arrows) and keep going until you reach the bridge. When you see the bridge, you have to turn to the left and go up the small incline. After that, immediately make a right to cross the bridge. Take the first right (there will be yellow/green arrows here) to continue onto the Hardage Mill Trail. From there it is about another mile or so to Dallas Hwy. Once you get to Dallas Hwy, you turn immediately to your left and walk back up about 1.5 miles to the start of the trail. This is the start/end of Noses Creek Trail. I didn't like the first mile on Noses Creek because its flat and rocky(this is why I am giving this trail a 4/5). Once you get back to the bridge, it turns back into a real trail and you can continue onward to Pigeon Hill/Kennesaw Mountain Visitor's Center or go back to the Burnt Hickory Trail/Pigeon Hill parking lot.

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Mitzi Orduño
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Great dog and kid friendly trail. There is a very nice river half way through the trail. The kids and dogs enjoyed it very much. Side note: bring water shoes for kids.

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Paige Alsabrook
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Great views and points to stop and relax. Perfect for the puppers and older children. We actually did Noses Creek Trail today but it’s combined with burnt hickory on the app.

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Paige Alsabrook
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Great for kids to join in

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Bryan Crosby
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Great hike, small creek about halfway provides a great spot to stop and rest

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Elizabeth Brown Meier
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Chris Stoffregen
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This is one of my favorite hikes in the Kennesaw Mt Park, but on the trail maps and at the trail head, it's called the Nose's Creek loop trail. My kids love this hike and we alternate directions we'll hike it on each visit but we do agree that doing it counter clockwise (as you look at the map) is our preferred direction.

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Mark Horn
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A nice relatively easy trail. Good chance of seeing deer on this one. A short section runs along the creek. Lots of trail runners which looks like a great option for this trail. Note: Parking lot at Burnt Hickory pretty much stays busy as the shared lot for this trail (to the south) and the Pigeon Hill trail (to the north and across the street). Both are heavily traveled and you will likely never be alone on the trail (even on 35 degree December mornings).

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