Pets are very welcome at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park! However, to protect other visitors, wildlife, and ALL pets, remember to B.A.R.K!
B. Bag and bin it!
Help keep Kennesaw Mountain clean by bagging your dog's waste and placing it in one of the trash bins located around the park
Dog waste is NOT a natural fertilizer.
Bagging dog waste and leaving it on a trail is not helpful. Even if the bags are biodegradeable, the dog waste still enters the environment.
People love dogs. The percentage of Atlantans that own dogs is 37.6%. With over 6 million residents, that’s a lot of dogs…and a lot of dog waste!
A. Always Use a Leash
Keep your dog and others safe by using a handheld leash no more than 6 ft in length.
Even if your dog is friendly, not every person, animal, or other dog will react well to them.
R. Respect Wildlife
Please keep to the trails at all times and maintain a safe distance from other animals. Dogs can threaten wildlife as well as damage habitats.
Remember that wildlife can be unpredictable and harmful to your dog.
K. Know the Facts
The Chattahoochee River provides the city of Atlanta with 77% of its drinking water. Because of gravity, things uphill end in the Chattahoochee River if not properly disposed of. A lot of dog waste that enters the environment ends in the Chattahoochee River – our primary drinking water supply.
Deadly bacteria (fecal coliform), pathogens, viruses, and nutrients from dog waste enter the ecosystem and the water supply every day!
Since 1991, dog waste has been listed as a major pollutant by the EPA. That puts it in the same category as harmful chemicals and pesticides. Bacteria levels from dog waste in the Chattahoochee River are almost as high as the human waste that comes from sewer spills and leaking septic systems
Dogs are allowed on trails but not in the Visitor Center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Service animals are an exception.
It is very important to take care of your furry friend while at the mountain. Bring plenty of water, remember that little legs work twice as hard, and know which trails may be too difficult.
Dog Park Information
If you would like to let your dog run off of leash, check out some of these local dog parks!