The Mountain Road Will Be Closed May 13th and 14th.
The mountain road will be closed May 13th and 14th. Various patchwork will be occurring throughout the park during the month of May. Closures will not be necessary but some parking areas may be limited at times.
Lane Closures on Old Highway 41 (Barrett Parkway Project Construction)
Barrett Parkway Project will require lane closures on Old 41 Highway, east of Ernest Barrett Parkway (the Kennesaw Mountain side). Lane closures will occur February 9 - June 18, 2013, with peak traffic hours (6-9 am and 4-7 pm, weekdays) not affected.
Contact Information Regarding Lane Closures
Area traffic is encouraged to use other routes to avoid major delays. Contact Cobb County Department of Transportation for more information at 528-1653 or visit http://dot.cobbcountyga.gov/project-updates.htm More »
Kennesaw Mountain's Landscape
The landscape around Kennesaw Mountain is lush and green and, in the 19th century, was dotted with large and small farms. Trees were abundant and the mountain was the focal point of the landscape. Animals grazed unhurriedly, munching on grassy fields in rolling pastures. This peace and serenity was abruptly interrupted on the morning of June 27, 1864.
With the destruction of trees and other flora, animals fled the area. The noises of battle and the invasion of thousands of humans into their habitat forced animals to seek shelter elsewhere.
Eight miles of earthworks are still visible today at the Cheatham Hill battlefield location of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The plant life growing on the earthworks today helps keep them intact. Without this growth, the fortifications would be subject to soil erosion.
Artifacts may still be found today. But a frequent question asked is, "Can we go looking for them?" The short answer is, "No." It is actually illegal to relic hunt on federal property or even taking items that you happen upon. There is a law that prohibits removal of artifacts from public lands like national parks: the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA).
What do you do when you find something at a national park?
Did You Know?
During the War Between the States, it is estimated that less than 20% of the battle casualties were caused by artillery. During the 2-week battle at Kennesaw Mountain, there were almost constant artillery duels. Little damage was actually done, except at close range with a canister.