Mountain-to-River Trail

Georgia

Mountain-to-River Trail Facts

States: Georgia
Counties: Cobb
Length: 1.8 miles
Trail end points: Stilesboro Rd. and Roselane St.
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6716850
Trail activities: Bike, Walking

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Mountain-to-River Trail Description

Nearly 2 miles of the Mountain-to-River Trail are complete in northwestern Marietta. The paved trail begins at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, which stretches more than 2,000 acres over a Civil War battleground. It continues southeast to a busy commercial area off Roselane Street. One day, the trail will continue several miles further east to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the visitor center for Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive).

Mountain-to-River Trail Reviews

Very nice trail from Kennesaw National Battlefield Park to almost Kennestone Hospital area. The trail also extends to the NW along Old 41 to Barrett Parkway where it joins the Noonday Creek trail extending from Burnt Hickory along Barrett all the way to Bells Ferry Road between East Piedmont/Barrett and Chastain Road. See https://cobbcounty.org/images/documents/16-0105_CobbTrailMap.pdf

The Mountain to River Trail is planned to extend to the River (and Smyrna) and much of that route is complete along Atlanta Road but not all. There is still a gap from where the trail turns to the east from Kennsaw Avenue and Tower and extends to Roselane but not yet beyond. The plan is to run along Campbell Hill to Church through downtown Marrietta and then along Atlanta Street towards Smyrna. The trail is still being developed from Roselane to Atlanta Road behind Dobbins AFB.

Here is where the trail design belays the strong bias towards recreational and wandering trails designed for a pleasant roll rather than transportation and commuter routes designed to move people efficiently. Why the trail does not continue along Kennesaw Avenue into Marrietta is beyond me except for the political reality of not disturbing the nicer older homes' already existing sidewalks to make them multi-use paths. Seems obvious to take the most efficient and already heavily used route along the sidewalks rather than extending an extra mile to behind Kennestone. This is why you will see so many bikers staying off the trail and biking Kennesaw Avenue itself and straight into Marietta--people tend to take the best route.

The portion along Atlanta Road once you get to it behind Dobbins is very nice but there is no easy way over the 120 Loop/South Marietta Parkway and for some reason the Confederate cemetery is now entirely fenced without an easy entry so you can not cross over to West Atlanta Street (a much better biking road than Atlanta Road) without risking your life to West Dixie--and by then you will just stay on Atlanta until you pick up the trail in another half mile or so and worst part behind you.

Once you get on the trail, it is excellent if a bit dirty at times until Windy Hill Road where it again truncates and you have to cross over for another mile of road until the trail picks up again in Smyrna--you may again decide to stay on the road as it is good four lane and the trail not very wide or smooth when you do pick it up. I just stay on Atlanta Road and have ridden it all the way into Atlanta without problem.

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