Kennesaw Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,355' 413 m
Descent: -1,344' -410 m
High: 1,786' 544 m
Low: 1,040' 317 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Varied terrain, historical sites, and excellent views make this an enjoyable run.”— Rachel Beltran
Enjoy scenic views, rock outcroppings, and a variety of flora while descending the backside of Kennesaw Mountain, running through a saddle and then up to the top of Little Kennesaw Mountain, which also displays cannons from the Civil War.
The run down the southern side of Little Kennesaw Trail is both the most scenic and the most technical portion of the run. Take your time and watch your footing. The rock piles and boulders make this landscape interesting. Remember to pause occasionally to enjoy the views.
Continue straight on the Pigeon Hill Trail and follow it to Burnt Hickory Road. There are a couple of cutoff trails to the left if you would like to shorten your run and complete the 5.8-mile look back on the Camp Brumby Trail.
To continue on the 10-mile loop, cross the road, pass the parking area, and pick up Noses Creek Trail, which runs past a broad field. At the fork, veer right towards the North Hardage Mill Trail, a much less-traveled and nicely forested area. You may enjoy a peaceful encounter with a wild turkey on this section.
At Noses Creek, turn left, go up to the gravel road and then turn right to cross Noses Creek Bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn right to continue on the singletrack South Hardage Mill Trail. Continue until the trail meets Dallas Hwy. If you would like a longer run, you can cross the highway and follow the directions for the Kennesaw Mountain Full Loop.
But, to complete the 10-mile loop described here, don't cross the road. Instead, veer left onto the Noses Creek Trail heading North. This is a wider section of trail that can accommodate several runners abreast. Continue back over the Noses Creek Bridge, this time staying on the wider gravel path headed north. At the New Salem Church Trail, veer right, past the New Salem Church Historical Site, and cross back over Burnt Hickory Road onto the Camp Brumby Trail.
Once on the Camp Brumby Trail, your tired legs get to enjoy a much flatter stretch of the run, winding through the forest and even past a few large homes. Pass Camp Brumby Loop Trail, a CCC site that housed workers who built trails and signs, planted trees, etc. Continue north and follow signs to the Visitor Center.
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Land Manager: NPS - Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park