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Home / Hikes / Kennesaw-Cheatham


Kennesaw Mountain/Cheatham Hill Loop




Historic, Scenic, Challenging. Experience Kennesaw.

Event Hiking
Location Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Date(s) & Time
Sign up deadline
Duration Day trip
Difficulty (1 - 6) 4. Moderate to Difficult
Distance 10 miles
Adult Leaders Albert Bodamer,
  Cost   Bring money for fast food stop on way home.
Who may attend Scouts 13 and older, First Class & above & registered Scouters in the Troop. Must have successfully completed a prior hike > 6 miles.
We will start at the visitor's center. First we will hike the 1.2 miles to the 1,808 foot top of Big Kennesaw Mountain which is a climb of about 800 feet. From there we will drop down about 500 feet to the gap between Big Kennesaw and Little Kennesaw Mountain, up and over the hump in the middle which is about a 20 foot climb heading towards Little Kennesaw and about a 50 foot climb heading back, then down to the base of Little Kennesaw. From there it's about a 300 foot climb to the top of Little Kennesaw at 1,601 feet. Then we'll head down the other side of Little Kennesaw to Burnt Hickory for a short break and to sync up. From there we'll head farther south, the long way, to Cheatham Hill where will we take a slightly longer break at the Illinois monument. We'll return to the visitors center the way we came, the long way back over the mountains.

This is not a beginner's hike. The total hiking distance is about 10-11 miles with over 2,200' of elevation gain.
Pack List:
  • Day pack
  • Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
  • Socks/liners
  • Good hiking boots/shoes that fit and are broken in
  • 2, 2 Liter Nalgenes of water/electrolyte drink
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking pole(s), optional
  • Cash for food on drive home
Permission Slip
Pack List
Difficulty Ratings:

1. Easy

  Generally 4 miles or less, leisurely pace, and/or gentle elevation gain (less than 400 feet)
2. Easy to Moderate
  Generally 6 miles or less and/or moderate pace, gentle to moderate elevation gain (less than 1000 feet).
3. Moderate
  Generally 8 miles or less and/or increased elevation gain (less than 1500 feet) and/or faster pace.
4. Moderate to Difficult
  Generally 10 miles or less and/or more challenging elevation gain (1500 to 2500 feet) and/or faster pace.
5. Difficult
  Generally 15 mi or less and/or challenging elevation gain (2500 to 4000 feet) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
6. Strenuous
  Generally distance of 15 mi+ and/or challenging elevation gain (4000 feet or more) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
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