Once a rural outpost known mainly for its storied role in the Battle for Atlanta during the Civil War, Kennesaw has grown into a major northern suburb. The city’s namesake college, Kennesaw State University, is now the third largest university in Georgia, and with all of its greenspace, local industry and highly rated schools, Kennesaw is a favorite location for families looking to settle outside the perimeter. Kennesaw’s neighborhoods are designed to be walkable, and each tightknit mini-community easily fosters strong relationships between residents, with many subdivisions hosting their own holiday celebrations, such as for the Fourth of July and Halloween.
Annual festivals for the whole city are also easy to find, including the late summer Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival and the late fall Taste of Kennesaw event, along with a weekly farmers market throughout the spring and summer. Kennesaw residents are still an easy drive away from all of the excitement of the larger city, as Atlanta is an easy half hour drive away.
Greenspace and outdoor activities are always a major draw for those seeking a more suburban lifestyle, and you’ll find plenty of this in Kennesaw. A true treat for any outdoor enthusiast or history buff is the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, nestled onnearly 3,000 pristine acres. The park features a museum, monuments, a preserved historic farmhouse and over 22 miles of maintained interpretive trails. Wildlife viewing is also a favorite activity in the park, which was designated a globally Important Bird Area in 2000, the first such designation in the state of Georgia. Other local parks are sprinkled throughout Kennesaw, including Big Shanty Park with is home to The Art Station – Big Shanty, with classrooms, a pottery studio and rotating exhibits in a historic cottage.
Featured Attractions in Kennesaw
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park: Civil war battlefield with history center and hiking trails on almost 3,000 acres
- Smith Gilbert Gardens: Botanical gardens with over 3,000 species
- Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History: Smithsonian affiliate with artifacts and relics, including a mid-19thcentury steam locomotive
- Bangkok Cabin: Traditional Thai in a funky, rustic setting
- Basecamp at Kennesaw Mountain: Smoothie bar and hearty breakfasts
- Bernie’s: Seafood and bar favorites, with classic cocktails
- Big Pie in the Sky: NY style pizzeria known for giant slices
- Big Shanty Smokehouse: Local legend for roadside barbecue
- Diner Bakery Company: All-day breakfast and indulgent desserts
- Big Shanty Elementary School: Assigned Elementary School - View Homes
- Bullard Elementary School: Assigned Elementary School - View Homes
- Hayes Elementary School: Assigned Elementary School - View Homes
- Kennesaw Elementary School: Assigned Elementary School - View Homes
- Lewis Elementary School: Assigned Elementary School - View Homes
- Awtrey Middle School: Assigned Middle School - View Homes
- McClure Middle School: Assigned Middle School - View Homes
- Pine Mountain Middle School: Assigned Middle School - View Homes
- Kennesaw Mountain High School: Assigned High School - View Homes
- North Cobb High School: Assigned High School - View Homes
- Mt. Paran Christian School: Private School (PreK-12th)
- North Cobb Christian School: Private School (PreK-12th)
- Creekstone Academy: Preschool
- Primrose School of Kennesaw: Preschool
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“Nestled against the scenic backdrop of Kennesaw Mountain and it’s namesake National Battlefield Park, historic Kennesaw is the perfect place for a warm, small-town feel while still being conveniently located to plentiful retail and dining options, along with parks, greenspace and walking trails. Kennesaw has also been designated as a Preserve America Community, insuring the town’s natural and cultural heritage will be preserved for generations to come.”Nicholas Brown