There is a nice crisp Fall breeze in the air lately, so what better time than now to get outdoors and get moving! Cobb County is home to Kennesaw Mountain and the Chattahoochee River, which offers some of the best scenic hiking and biking routes just waiting for you to explore this fall. Bring along the family for some exercise and a history lesson, or simply relax with nature and enjoy a little peace and quiet. Either way, you are certain to enjoy the outdoors this Fall!
Silver Comet Trail
In Cobb county, the Silver Comet trail is 12.8 miles long and begins at the Mavell Rd trailhead near I-285 and S. Cobb Drive. The park is open from dawn to dusk, but plan to be off the trail when it begins to get dark to avoid any fines. You can bike or hike and there are plenty of benches, picnic tables and water fountains for when you need a rest or want to cool off. However, it is always recommended to bring a water bottle with you along the trail, in the event one of the outdoor water fountains are not functioning. This trail extends over several beautiful pedestrian bridges as well and is sure to not disappoint.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw Mountain Park is a great place to exercise and enjoy the outdoors while learning about Civil War history. With over 2,965 acres, there is an outdoor activity for everyone! On weekdays, you can take a drive to the top of the mountain or on a weekend picnic and play in designated areas or enjoy a hike on some of the over 22 miles of maintained interpretive trails. Make sure to have your binoculars with you to do some bird watching while you're hiking along!
If you prefer to bike, bicycles are permitted on open, paved, roadways only. Interpretive hiking trails are not available for bicycling. The mountain road is open to bicycles Monday through Friday and closed weekends and major holidays. When it is open to motor vehicles, it is open to bicycles. There is also a paved multi-use trail available 7 days a week at the entrance of the Battlefield which extends for approximately 1.4 miles that bicycles may use at any time.
Have some furry friends that are also part of the family? You can bring them along as well. Pets just have to be on a leash no longer than 6ft in length and under your physical control at all times. And as always, use caution.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
The Chattahoochee River is a great place to float, fish or hike on a sunny afternoon. Or you could also go for a spin on the multi-use trails in the Cochran Shoals unit. The 48 miles of river and 15 land areas that make up the park is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
There are 7.11 miles of trails open to cyclists in the park, all within the Cochran Shoals and Palisades units. All park roads are open to cyclists, but if you prefer to walk or hike the trails are limited to specific areas. Come and enjoy Cobb County's 20 miles of trails while catching glimpses of the wildlife & enjoying the breeze off the Chattahoochee River.
Noonday Creek Trail
Enjoy the 7 mile scenic and natural connector between Bells Ferry Road and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park that is also known as the Noonday Creek Trail. This multi-use paved trail is perfect for all types of outdoor enthusiasts! It officially opened in September 2014 and has been enhanced by bike sharing stations, benches and trash cans for trail users’ convenience. The trail can also be accessed at the trail at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. The Noonday Creek Trail is so special offering a "green" alternative for Cobb County commuters along with its extensive and connected park system, plus a bike share program to go with it. There is truly none like it in the country!