Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park encompasses a total area of about 2,800 acres of land in Cobb County, Georgia with the closest city to the park being the City of Atlanta. The park is just west of Marietta and is accessible using Interstate 75 and the Barrett Parkway.
The park was authorized as a national battlefield site on February 8, 1917, but later changed its status into a national battlefield park on June 26, 1935. The battlefield park is today managed by the National Park Service. The park holds its historical significance because over 5,350 soldiers died in several battles fought here between June 19, 1864, through to July 2, 1864.
It is at this historical site that General William T. Sherman's southward advance was briefly stopped by General Joseph T. Johnston and the resolute defense of the Confederates. Several attractions make this battlefield park an exciting place to visit including about eleven miles of Confederate and Union earthworks that are preserved here.
These earthworks mark the site of the battles of Kolb's Farm which occurred on June 22, 1864, and the battle of Kennesaw Mountain that occurred on June 27, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign. Other attractions to the park include recreational activities like hiking, auto touring, horseback riding, and interpretive programs. Visitors also have access to a lot of conveniences in the park including a museum, restrooms, picnic area, self-guided tours, and a visitor center.
Visitors to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park can definitely bring their dogs into the park although they may find that not all areas of the park are accessible to them. Like in most national parks, park buildings are off limits to dogs and furthermore, areas of the park that are accessible to dogs require that the dog owner uses a leash at all times.