Pigeon Hill to East and West Loop Trail

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Pigeon Hill to East and West Loop Trail is a 5.6 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.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,135 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Pigeon Hill and Burnt Hickory loops is located near Marietta, Georgia. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours

hiking
23 days ago

Parking closed right now due to covid19

hiking
26 days ago

Excellent trail. Challenging, fun. The trail is well marked. Highly recommend!

Great trail. Good condition. Lots of space for social distancing in these days and times we live in.

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Accidentally went off track because I wasn’t paying attention to the signs—as long as you keep track, though, it’s a pretty nice trail.

Fun challenge, it is busy but expected as it was a sunny Sunday morning.

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

A most excellent workout this COLD afternoon! Moderate for sure, but gets much easier after Mile 1. Saw deer. Highly recommended!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! The 1st mile (going up) is the toughest part; after that it's very pretty and enjoyable. Saw a bunch of deer in a clearing and really felt that we got a good workout when we got back to the Visitor's Center. It was 31 degrees but very doable if you keep on movin'! :) Highly recommend this hike!

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail - pet friendly, small challenge, very rocky, big incline, wonderful views, well maintained.

Just go to the top on the east trail and back down. The west side through the woods and the bottom is long and boring.

hiking
5 months ago

Must have a pass as of a week ago. That would be fine except that the office to purchase them is only open 9-5. Please get a kiosk!

Nice day-hike with birds and views of Atlanta and southern Appalachian mountains. Went a little past the first main right to add a little more to the loop.

hiking
7 months ago

walked clockwise. get the elevation increase out of the way early. very enjoyable. beautiful views as you ascend. cannons at the top ..can you imagine? last two miles are fairly flat with a few short uphills. take time to visit the museum at the visitors center. highly recommend this hike. especially if you are wanting to increase your aerobic capacity

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7 months ago

Pidgeon Head Trail to Little Kennesaw Mountain trail to the top of the mountain was a great hike. Its rocky, beautiful, away from road noice and only crosses a road once when you're almost to the top. The second half, or coming down, was not as fun, large flat trails, not great signage, kind of boring. The scenery was great the whole way though. If I did this trail again I would turn around at the top of the mountain before the visitor center.

hiking
10 months ago

This part of Kennesaw Mountain is hands down one of my favorite hikes! I always enjoy it when I go. Obviously around and up the mountain itself is typically pretty crowded but as others have said once you get out around 2 or so miles, it thins out and city sounds go away so you can really enjoy the silent splendor. I typically start at the visitor center, go down Pigeon Hill then back around - not a fan of the eastern side of the loop because it brings you so close to a couple neighborhoods. But other than that - the views are wonderful, and I love the diversity of the trail itself. Always recommend this trail to others looking for a solid hike!

Very cool hike. We did it backwards and thought that ended up being a great decision. The first half was very flat and the second half was much more uphill. Really fun and would recommend!

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rocky
11 months ago

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11 months ago

Great, cool day with low humidity so it made for a wonderful day to take a hike.

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rocky
Wed May 22 2019

I started from the Visitor‘s Center and followed Camp Brumby Trail to Pigeon Hill and then up the mountain. This route to me is more challenging than starting the loop from the Visitor’s Center to the top of the mountain. When you start this trail the way I did, you are going around the mountain and you really don’t do any huge climbing until around mile 3 (Pigeon Hill trail). From there it’s a steady climb up to the top of the mountain (Little Kennesaw Mountain followed by Big Kennesaw Mountain). Once you hit Big Kennesaw Mountain, it is about a mile back down to the Visitor’s Center. I really enjoyed doing the hike in reverse because I really felt a true workout. Going the other direction, you are hitting the highest point with fresh legs and once you get up it, it’s down hill from there. For me (since I hike a lot), it’s not as challenging as a gradual climb. As far as foot traffic goes, I went during the middle of the week. Since school is out now, expect to see more crowding around the mountain’s peak. If you hike longer than 3 miles, the crowds thin out along the trails so you really can get a sense of solitude. Also, the parking at the Visitor’s Center is quite limited, so you may have to park .25 miles away at the overflow parking lot.

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rocky
Sat May 18 2019

hiking
Fri May 03 2019

Love it!

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muddy
rocky
Sat Apr 20 2019

Awesome place to a little trail run on rainy day :)

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rocky
Tue Apr 16 2019

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Sat Mar 23 2019

Great hike for exercise, and a couple of completely different comments. First the practical, this entry is not at the Visitor's center which has more parking. This entry puts the VC about halfway through your hike. And I found some of the markers hard to read, although they are a cute design. That said, I started on the Pigeon Hill Trail, and did not take the Pigeon Hill Cutoff, so the loop direction I took had a LOT of uphill. Second comment is an opinion #TrailThoughts... this is a National Battlefield park, and battlefield means the hills and paths we are climbing are the same ones that thousands of soldiers fought and died on. I had a lot of time to think about the fact that I was hiking on sacred ground (and maybe graves) where poor, under-educated and often unwilling young men from the North and South lost their lives so rich old men could get older and richer. Granted it is history, and I was hiking alone, so probably a little over-thinking.

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rocky
Sat Mar 16 2019

Nice run! Going over the hill was bit rocky and crowded since it is Saturday. Then going around the mountain was smooth rolling path that was in great condition. I’ll be back soon!

Wed Feb 20 2019

Such a great little hike. Nice place to take out of town friends.

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