Description: For the visitor interested in Civil War history and wildlife viewing, this is the site to visit. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this 2,900-acre park is a patchwork of diverse habitats providing many wildlife viewing opportunities. Pine forests, mixed hardwood-pine forests, open fields, wetlands, mountain tops, and creek bottoms are each easily accessible and abundant in wildlife. Roadside and trailside exhibits, earthworks, and battlefield structures tell the story of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War. An extensive trail system through a variety of habitats makes this an excellent bird watching area.
Viewing Information: This site provides outstanding opportunities for viewing songbirds. Kennesaw Mountain offers good bird watching and excellent mountaintop vistas year-round from its 1800-foot peak. The mountain is a regular stop for migratory songbirds during both spring and fall. The mowed battlefields and adjacent wooded edges are favored by tree sparrows, field sparrows, white-throated sparrows, song sparrows, and eastern bluebirds. Turkeys, foxes and white-tailed deer also venture into the fields at dusk and dawn. Beavers, herons, and blackbirds can be seen at beaver ponds along several creeks on the site.
Directions: From Marietta, travel north on I-75 to exit 116 (Barrett Parkway), turn west on Barrett and travel apx. 1.5 miles. Turn north on US Hwy. 41 (Cobb Parkway), go to second light and turn left onto GA Hwy. 293. Travel 3 miles to first intersection inside the park, and turn right on Stilesboro Road. Visitors center and parking on left.
Management: National Park Service, 770-427-4686
Closest Town: Marietta, GA
Site Notes: observation platforms, civil war museum
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