Social Saturday | Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Editor Note: It appears Gini was able to get out of the house for a visit to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, although it is only about 2 miles away…

Let’s see what she has to say about the National Park in her backyard.

Take it away Gini.



Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

By Gini Koch

To prove that I do more than eat in this town, we decided to go out and actually see something other than the inside of a restaurant. It was hard, but I managed.
We chose the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for a variety of reasons. It’s close to where we live. It’s beautiful. It’s supposed to have great hiking trails. The hubs is interested in history and I’m an Old West expert but that sort of also forced me to become a Civil War aficionado. So, something for everyone, basically.

Of course, the question is: does this national park live up to its hype? Yeah, it does.
There is a small but quite comprehensive museum accounting the history of the events leading up to, during, and after the Civil War, Georgia-centric, naturally, but not offensively so. The museum has articles from the War and in many cases, the history of the person they belonged to or of the place the item was taken from. There’s a nifty little gift shop, public bathrooms, and drinking fountains, too.
The only downside to the museum is the lighting. The lights are kept dim to preserve the pieces, with a cheery little sign saying that our eyes are great and can see in dim light! Maybe the eyes of those young’uns who put up this lighting, but the hubs and I spent a lot of time squinting and getting really close to the words. So, if you need reading glasses, bring them along, because you’ll probably need them due to the lighting.

The trails are beautiful, some parts paved, most well-packed earth, mostly flat or gentle slopes. Dogs are encouraged. Bikes are not allowed. (For those who, like the hubs, hate hiking with mountain bikers around, this is the place for you.) The overflow parking lot forces you to hike to the museum, but it’s in gorgeous woods with tons of shade and rain protection, so it’s worth it.

For history buffs and outdoorsy types both, this is a lovely way to spend your afternoon. We plan to go back often.

Museum: 4 Stars out of 5
Hiking Trail/Grounds: 5 Stars out of 5

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