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Kolb's Farm Kennesaw Mountain East and West Loop

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kolb's Farm Kennesaw Mountain East and West Loop is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kennesaw, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 1,738 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Historic site

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Nice 11 mile hike, packed lunch and had it by the visitors center at the bottom of the mountain. For a more strenuous hike start with the west loop and catch the east loop coming back.

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Reviews (550)
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Recordings (451)
Completed (1985)
Stephany Barboza
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful view, even thought it rained we had so much fun going up!

• Case •.
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Hiking

Good trail but honestly could be marked a lot better. It’s a bit confusing in a lot of places.

Stacey Cook
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Hiking

Did this hike on May 31 2020 and again on June 06 2020 - Used it to I used it to break in my new hiking boots. Very pretty trail, not crowded. There were some areas where it isn't marked as well as it could be. That being said there were a handful of people on the trail that were very familiar with it and told us exactly where to turn. It's a good local hike- I just perfer the northern areas.

Alison Warren
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Hiking

Defeated by a thunderstorm.

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Rachel Solomon
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Hiking

Trail reopened but the visitors center & restrooms still closed. Good combination of flatter trail across meadows and more mountainous terrain around Pigeon Hill - BEAUTIFUL wildflowers this time of year!! I’d recommend going left at the split toward Pigeon Hill first, as it is quite steep and would be difficult to come down.

Sara Long
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HikingRocky

This is great if you want a challenge. It took me 5 hours and it’s a great uphill workout. Great well maintained paths. Keep your eye on your map so you don’t head off this exact trail. Pigeon hill is so cool. Hit that on the way out as it’s pretty steep and rocky. I imagine coming down that way could be dangerous. I loved this hike

Lesley Tyre
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HikingRocky

Great trail. We did the full loop, and it was a nice variety of uphill, downhill, climbing over some boulders, sightseeing, and picnic spots. This and their website says it’s an 11mi trail, but both of our activity trackers said it was closer to 14, and we didn’t wander off the trail. Great workout, would like to go back when the trees have leaves.

Hector 'Tico' Calzada
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Hiking

good weekend destination to put in some miles and work through some elevation. Follow the recommendation to start on the west side for a greater challenge during the climb. Also know what conditions particularly in the low-lying areas where the ground is subject to run off. Again great Trail to put in mileage. We'll see a lot of people particularly in the area where tourist make their way to the top of the mountain.

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Zoe D
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Mike Wubben
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Hiking

Torn between a 3 and 4 on this trail. Went with 4 star because of the Civil War history angle. This trail is moderate to me. I did it in the opposite direction as depicted and the trek from visitor center to Kennesaw Mountain is difficult but the rest varies from easy to moderate. Much is on wide gravel roads but the single track sections are nice. Beautiful Nov afternoon, no bugs. Nice hike with views of Atlanta and historical interest.

mark iovannicci
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So I accidentally picked the east west loop and hiked the 10.7 mile loop. Like Bob Ross says, "it was a happy little mistake." The views from the top of the mountain were amazing. There were plenty of signs to read and learn about the history that occurred on the mountain side. The trail was well marked and just enough people to see some one every 30 to 40 mins. Glad I walked the trail and can't wait to do it again next year. I highly recommend this hike.

Stacey Markovic
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Hiking

Lots of loops but steep climb and then coast after.

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Andy Stevens
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I found the first 7-8 miles of relatively flat ground to be kinda boring. If I were gonna do it again, I’d probably go up and over the mountain on both out and back. Saw some deer that were very comfortable with humans. Got within 10 feet of one. Saw an eastern bluebird, a lizard, and a formation of fighter jets from dobbins fly over ahead. The civil war history halfway through this hike was great. Would strongly recommend checking out the Illinois monument.

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Robert Emory
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Brian Dupree
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HikingRocky

I've hiked several of the trails that comprise Kennesaw Mountain and have found that each has a charm of their own. The paved road trail has the most stunning views of the bunch, but the nature trail will definitely test your endurance and hiking skills. The occasional deer sighting breaks up an otherwise strenuous trek up the mountain! The various crisscrossing trails are far less difficult and great for beginners! I love this place for both its beauty and its history!

Aneisha Mercedes
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Michael Stephens
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Bryan Rozier
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A solid hike with lots of activity. The trail could use work in a few sections due to all of the hikers. It is a great view of Atlanta from the top.

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Rick L.
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Hiking

My first trail in Atlanta.... end April 2019 Took it with a small hiking group (some kind of 50s singles thing, which still doesn't make sense to me.) Hiked to the top and then down on the Western side, turned back around Burnt Hickory, and then back to base on the Eastern side. Nice trail, beautiful views, historic...will be back.

Big Bear84
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HikingRocky

Great hike! We started with the mountains first, then finished with the rest of the loop. Only issue is the section between Dallas Hwy and Noses Creek. It is a gravel road, not a trail, and has very large gravel that is loose. Was not comfortable to hike on and you can easily slip on the down hill portions. If hiking on the weekend, you have to get there when the gates open, or you can add a mile or more to your hike from the overflow lots.

Brandon Root
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Hiking

Awesome trail, great workout - good vertical ascension. Bring the dog!

Jordan Broggi
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Bryan Rozier
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HikingRocky

Trail is in great shape and easy to follow with only one drowned tree which was easy to get around. It is strenuous is parts but worth the effort. We saw 12 deer and a hawk.

S Churchwell
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Sunday, July 28 6.50am - arrived to find lot almost full. Get here early! Not bad if you're looking for exercise, so content yourself with that. Trail on backside of Little Kennesaw is the only part that resembles a hiking trail. The rest is wide, gravel or sand-covered, and not challenging. This is a moderately easy hike, and shouldn't be described as hard...not even the 1 mile ascent up Kennesaw Mtn.

Kishore Banda
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Hiking

Nice one!!!

Caitlin Conn
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Hiking

Great variety in scenery and terrain. The most challenging part tends to be quite busy, which can make getting through a bit difficult, especially with a dog. I didn’t find bathrooms anywhere but the visitors’ center, so if you’re doing the 11-mile loop (my GPS watch read 15, but I did get turned around a few times), plan accordingly. In my opinion, it can’t compare to the mountains of North GA, but it’s a fantastic option to have near metro Atlanta.

Rick P.
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So, its time for me to pay the devil his due. I have lived in the Marietta/Kennesaw area for the last 30 plus years and I have never hiked this mountain. My perception was of a highly trafficked "pedestrian" trail. When driving by you see many many people walking around the mountain. When my trail partner suggested that it was challenging and fun, I scoffed at the notion. I will now admit, publicly, honey, I was wrong. We started at the visitor center and hiked up the mountain. Strenuous but not challenging. The trail here is more of a four lane highway with a lot of traffic.Once we crested we started down the backside toward Little Kennesaw ,up and over then down to the Burnt Hickory parking lot. Turned and caught another spur then back up Little Kennesaw down and back up Kennesaw and then down to the visitor center. Hot, sweaty, and very thirsty (I neglected to bring water) I finished. Fitbit clocked me at 7 plus miles and 175 floors. Not the easy hike I expected but a respectful workout for the day. The real plus was that once we left the four lane highway that is the front side of Kennesaw there was a total lack of people. After mile one we saw only three other hikers. There were some beautiful vistas and a lack of crowds. Y'all really should do this entire hike. It's a great workout and a lot more than meets the eye.

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