Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Allow at least 2 hours for exploring. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you can pick up a map, watch a 20-minute film about the battle, and view exhibits of Civil War artifacts, medicine, and memorabilia.

On weekdays, you can drive or hike up the mountain to see the actual Confederate entrenchments and earthworks. On weekends, it may be too crowded to drive, but you can take a shuttle bus for a nominal fee or you can hike (the steep trail is about 2 miles round-trip, so wear comfortable shoes).

You’ll find interpretive signs at key spots and, on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, interpretive programs give further information about the battle. You’ll also want to drive to Cheatham Hill, the site of some of the fiercest fighting.

There are 16 miles of hiking trails for those who want a more extensive tour (trail maps are available at the visitor center), and picnicking is permitted in designated areas, some of which boast barbecue grills. The scenery is gorgeous, so even if Civil War battles are not your thing (that is if you’re reluctantly accompanying an enthusiastic spouse or friend), you’ll find some beautiful hiking or driving.