Kennesaw is a community with a rich history and an exceptional quality of life. Located in the heart of Cobb County approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, it is minutes from I-75, providing easy access to shopping and entertainment in the area.

What amenities does Kennesaw offer for visitors?

The City offers cultural and recreational facilities unmatched in the area. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is the permanent home of The General, the locomotive made famous during the Civil War in what has become known as The Great Locomotive Chase. The Museum has three impressive permanent collections and a membership in the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations Program and offers a wide range of exhibits and activities; the beautiful 16-acre Smith-Gilbert Gardens features a restored plantation home, over 3,000 plant species, and 30 contemporary sculptures created by nationally known artists; and the City's Parks & Recreation Department maintains 130 acres of parks, greenspaces, public buildings and athletic facilties, including two community parks and a 26,000 sq ft Community Center.

Our special events are second to none!

Downtown Kennesaw offers a number of shops and restaurants, and is a popular gathering place for family-oriented activities throughout the year. In the spring, the City plays host to the Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival, with over 250 crafters, artisans and vendors, in addition to live entertainment, children's activities and loads of festival food. Summer brings the City of Kennesaw's Salute to America, a pre-Independence Day celebration, featuring live music and one of the biggest and brightest, star-spangled firework displays in North Georgia. In the fall, barbeque and music is king at the the City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival; and come see some 19th century spooks during your visit to the Haunted Museum. The year closes with A Day with Santa, featuring a Main Street parade, snow activities and a festive tree lighting program.

We like to say, "All Tracks Lead to Kennesaw." Why not make it your next stop?

Maps & Directions

Come see the General, made famous in the Great Locomotive Chase

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw

Did You Know?

The Great Locomotive Chase originated in Kennesaw.
  • Classes at Smith-Gilbert Gardens offer gardening pointers to adults & kids.

  • Kennesaws proud heritage is honored and remembered on the grounds of the City Cemetery.

  • Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will get you moving toward improved fitness and health.

  • Morning dog walking is invigorating and enjoyable at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • City officials and business owners cut the ribbon to showcase a new opening.

  • Police officers start the recruiting process early.

  • Shop at our Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods & other items from May-October.

  • Mayor Mathews invites future community leaders to participate in City Council meetings.

  • The Police Honor Guard is specially trained to represent the department at formal functions.

  • The Civil War era comes to life at the Southern Museum and in annual battle re-enactments.

  • The annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival features a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contest.

  • Gather your paints brushes or camera and get inspired at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff provide first-rate support of the citys trails, parks and facilities.

  • Hundreds of volunteers maintain the beautiful flora at the 16 acre Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • The Citys two community parks offer families hours of recreation and relaxation.

  • Children celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree in the Garden at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park offers a bird-eye view of the city and surrounding area.

  • A new pedestrian underpass provides safe passage between Main St. and the Depot.

  • The City offers free wireless internet in parks & city facilities.

  • The Annual Big Shanty Festival features crafts, food, & shows attracting over 50,000 visitors.

Spend time surrounded by the beauty of nature at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Smith-Gilbert Gardens
2382 Pine Mountain Road

Immerse yourself in Civil War history

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive
Kennesaw, GA. 30152
770 427-4686