Increased Traffic Expected June 26, 2014 through June 29, 2014
Local residents and commuters should expect increased traffic around Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in relation to the 150th Anniversary programming in the park. More »
Parking Lot Closures June 26, 2014 through June 29, 2014
Several parking lots including the Visitor Center, the Mountain Top, and the Cheatham Hill parking lots will be closed to visitors June 26, 2014 through June 29, 2014. 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?
That National Park Law Enforcement Officers at Kennesaw Mountain can enforce both state and federal regulations. If caught violating a traffic offense on any road within or traveling through the park, a fine bears the same weight as if a county officer made the stop.