Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, fought June 18 to July 2, 1864, is the source of the battlefield’s hauntings. Ghostly soldiers walk the grounds; gunshots and cannons are heard. Also reported here are ghost deer who run at the witness and then disappear when they get close. The smell of blood and gunpowder are also described by witnesses.

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Geographic Information

Address:
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr
Kennesaw, GA 30152
United States

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GPS:
33.9830769, -84.57802559999999
County:
Cobb County, Georgia
Nearest Towns:
Marietta, GA (2.7 mi.)
Kennesaw, GA (3.5 mi.)
Fair Oaks, GA (5.0 mi.)
Smyrna, GA (7.8 mi.)
Acworth, GA (8.1 mi.)
Woodstock, GA (8.8 mi.)
Vinings, GA (10.4 mi.)
Powder Springs, GA (10.5 mi.)
Mableton, GA (11.6 mi.)
Mountain Park, GA (11.7 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.nps.gov/kemo

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  1. While hiking during the hot summer months on the trail opposite pigeon hill, we had a unique experience. I grew up locally and have hiked those woods a million times but I have never had anything like this happen. We were remarking on the stagnant heat and humidity that day. Suddenly I heard some commotion to my right and I turned to look when a gust of cold air burst through. It enveloped me then whooshed on to the other side and into the woods. I whirled around and watched as the whatever slipped away, rustling the tree’s as it went. The odd thing was that the trees did not move above it. It was completely self contained. Weird!

  2. during a war noted for bloody frontal assaults, Sherman was famed for flank attacks-vision decades ahead of his contemporaries he would attack weak points of the enemie’s line, usually moving off to the flank forcing whole positions to be abandoned without much confrontation. Because of that his men trusted him, if he sent them into battle it was because there was no choice, not just because he was making noise.

    At Kennesaw Mountain though Sherman fior the first, and last time, launched a frontal assault on an entrenched position causing huge losses among his men. Although the south were moved off and he never admitted a mistake he never again launched a frontal assault.

    For their part the south was defending the last serious defensive position before Atlanta. if Atlanta and it’s rail yards fell, much of the south would be cut off from Lee’s army to the north.

    for both sides this was therefore a desperate battle and the sort to encourage hauntings.

  3. This is the scariest place period. During the daytime I drove through a long stretch in middle of battlefield. I felt dread .. so much .. I can’t explain. I felt so frightened. . I mean scared for no reason. Whatever happened there. I don’t know. But this was during the day! As soon as I crossed the border I was free

  4. My friends and I decided to go Ghost Hunting. We came across an ummarked field and began video, & audio recording, on separate devices, and also a lot of pictures. We heard guns and canons SEVERAL times and what sounded like medical supplies in the area we stood, on both devices. All the pictures I took have some kind of orb in them..no bugs..no dust being stirred up. It was too cold for either of those things. I won’t lie it was awesome!

  5. Hello I visited Kennesaw Mountain and had some great evps by the monument I had 2 names given to me on my digital recorder Albert Mustokey and a man who’s last name is Kiest

  6. One Spring morning, my wife and I were hiking the Kolb Loop Trail (I think that’s where we were) when on the other side of a thicket to our right we were startled by a sudden rustling sound. As we looked over and beyond the thicket, two HUGE shaggy grey bucks were kind of sparring at each other. Then we noticed the rest of the herd, half a dozen or so big shaggy grey deer. They had to have been at least 5′ at the shoulder. I think there was one more younger buck and a few does. They spotted us and as a group, ran past us, parallel to, but still on the other side of the thicket. I am 6’4″ and I was easily eye-to-eye with the two big ones. They ran off into the woods, and that was that. We spend a lot of time on the mountain and in the surrounding area, and we have never seen anything like that!

  7. My friend and I were almost seriously hurt when a large tree branch crashed to the ground where we just were 20 seconds ago – as we walked back to our car from the Illinois monument.

    Two years ago I had the exact same experience when walking thru the Alatoona battlefield – I was almost killed when a large tree branch crashed to the ground where I had just been 30 seconds ago. This occurred near the parking lot – again in an area where there was a lot of fighting.

  8. So recently I was hiking on the mountain with my family. Nothing out of the norm accept we did start at around 6:30. we made it to the top and were beginning our descent since it was beginning to get dark. We were about at the .4 mile mark and the visibility at this point was maybe 10ft. We continued walking making sure we were careful not to trip. Suddenly we stopped as we thought we heard someone yell HELLO? we all froze and and asked one another did you hear that? Then again only this time what sounded like a male voice said a more distinct HELP! not knowing exactly what to do we tried to call out to the cry by saying HELLO WHERE ARE YOU?!? but only after our reply was silence we stood there trying to call out to this person but no one responded. We then quickened our pace and left the trail as soon as possible. In the case that someone was hurt we did approach some hikers that came down about 20 minutes after us but none of them saw or heard anything except from deer.

  9. Hike here all the time. Always a very eerie feeling once you get past the first part of the mountain where there aren’t so many people. The last 4 mile or so drag is the creepiest. Constantly feel watched from the woods. Lots of strange smells and sounds. There is one clearing you can see from the trail towards the end that always gives me chills. There’s a random bench along the path that walks you up to the clearing. That’s usually when i start smelling strange things. The deer here are so relaxed around people it makes you wonder if it’s because they can see all the ghosts wandering around all the time. It’s unusual to see deer behave the way they do at kennesaw mountain. Sometimes we stop to take pictures of the deer. A few weeks ago I took about 7 photos and in some of them, even the deer appear to be phantom like in the photos. In several of them, part of the deer’s bodies seem to be transparent, and in others they just look normal. It does not seem to be an effect of lighting or anything like that. Maybe one day i’ll work up the courage to step into that clearing for an EVP!

  10. Last year I went hiking with a friend. We went late, so the sun was setting when we reached the top. We started quickly walking down and I had a very weird feeling (happens when I go near cemeteries and homes where people died). We saw someone walking upwards with a flashlight. I laughed and said “uht oh, we’re in trouble. They are kicking us out”. We continue to walk and I’m expecting a park worker to get onto us. The person walked off of the trail, but we still saw the flashlight. I started to get scared it was someone that would hurt us, so I intensely watched the light. As we got closer, it looked like someone turned the light off. I was really worried it was someone trying to scare us, but when we got to where I had seen it, no one was there (doesn’t mean much, but I could “feel” someone there). We thought we were crazy, but The light was real.

  11. This is absolutely true. I grew up in battle field west off cannon way. Stephanie court is named after me by my father the developer and builder of both neighborhood’s. Battle field west off of mount Calvary road is where my childhood home of 20+ years is. That land backs up to one large secluded portion of the park and was part of the battle grounds. As children we discovered not only old gun’s but a half a cannon ball and other things as our in ground pool was under construction and in digging in the creek. If your interested in more you may contact me. I have lots of old photos of the area.

  12. Stephanie,

    Before that was your childhood home, it was part of my grandfather’s farm. I am sure we could swap some interesting stories if your are interested. According to my grandfather, there was an Cherokee village there before they were moved to OK. You can contact me at kebramlett@gmail.com if you wish.

  13. I bought a house very close to the Kennesaw Battlefield. I lived there from 1995-2002. Almost as soon as I moved in I started to hear heavy footsteps going through the living room but only when I was in a different room. They seemed harmless and I didn’t feel any fear about them. However, more things began to happen. I started hearing a high pitched voice seeming to come from the fireplace. I still wasn’t really scared. I can’t explain why except that whatever it was seemed harmless. Then I was in the shower one day and the water went completely cold. I thought something was wrong with the water heater but when I turned to look the faucet had been turned all the way to cold. Then I started to get nervous. I am a Christian but I know many things in this world are still unexplained. The final straw was when I was in bed with my new husband and we heard a loud noise. We both thought it sounded like the refrigerator door being slammed. We got up to check doors, etc. The house was locked up. There is more to tell but this is getting too long. I started asking others for help and learned some prayers to say telling these spirits to go away and that they did not belong there. Someone also gave me some sort of incense to put along the door frames. Eventually whatever or whoever it was left.

  14. I grew up about 100 yards from the Kenn. Mt. battlefield park and had one very weird experience that still haunts me. When I was about 12 years old I was walking home as it got dark, from a friends house. I took a shortcut where I jumped a fence and went through a pasture, it got dark as I was walking through, when I got home I came in as usual and was walking down the hall to my room. when I turned the corner in my ear I heard a sigh, loud and like a whisper “hhhhhhhhuhhh”. I sprinted to my parents room and I was super freaked out. my dad said, nothing to worry about, calm down , all that. So then my mom says ok ill show you its ok, I have to lock up the house anyways. so she walked with me back through the house and it was fine, she locked the backdoor and then again the loud sigh, same spot as earlier, we both heard it and both immediately ran to the back bedroom. It was so freaky that when I remember that it was just a blur in my mind, scariest thing I’ve ever experienced. I found out the area around my house was used as a union camp and a hospital and the particular woods I hiked through had cannons set up from the Ohio battery. Sometimes the house (built in the 1980’s) will get a feeling where you feel like you need to leave, like get out. I’ve lived in so many places. houses, apartments now and I have never experienced it. That house has something up with it and I think that whole battlefield area has an energy to it. When i go back and stay sometimes I wake up in the night and just feel like I’m being watched, like someones standing over me. I also used to get horrifying nightmares that I couldn’t explain once I woke up. I don’t ever get nightmares like that anymore. I also used to say lots of prayers for whatever it was to go away, it seems to have worked somewhat but the place is very strange.

  15. I’ve been on a few of the trails and I had a strange happening. Not sure if it was paranormal per say but I was walking the Environmental trail listening to music and every time I got to a certain spot on the trail, my music would cut off and I’d hear this weird scratchy sound. Kind of staticy but when I looked at my phone, it only showed that my music had been paused. I still love the trails though. Beautiful place

  16. I grew up near Kennesaw battlefield and I don’t remember this but my parents said when I was 4 or 5 years old I was playing in the yard and I came inside and said Mom what is the man on the horse doing out there. She went to look and saw nothing and asked me what he looked like, i explained I saw a man on a horse and he was wearing blue and had badges on his shoulder and had a sword. She thought about asking a neighbor but then realized I likely saw a ghost. She saw a ghost when she was little and realized that kids are more likely to see them. He was looking out like off in the distance and evaluating a battle. We found out there were thousands of union troops moving over the area that was where I described the ghost. He must have been left over from what happened 150 years before.

  17. Reading some of these experiences has prompted me to share ours from 2006. We had just moved here from Burlington, VT and was training for the 60 mile three day walk that September. This was a humid stagnant heat type of day in mid August. We started our 12 mile walk in the morning and on our way back we had not one but two rather interesting experiences. The first was a cold burst of air coming out from the woods onto the battlefield and the other odd experience occurred near one of the confederate monuments we were talking about being from Vermont, Yankees per se, and all of a sudden a large tree branch fell from a large tree nearly hitting us. We were startled and decided not to discuss any north vs. south stories on our hikes. The park is beautiful, peaceful and lovely in the morning or dusk is the best time to see deer. Always have your dog on a lease for coyotes have also been sighted.

  18. My sister and me were hiking up the little kennesaw mountain and we heard cannon shots. I thought I was hearing things but my sister heard it too. True story.

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