Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site

 Field Trip Information

» Temporary Exhibit:
› One of two original cannons used during this battle is now on display in the museum, on loan from Atlanta History Center.

» Pet Notice:
› Leashed pets are allowed on historic site trails. Owners and pets can enter the visitor center to access our historic site trails. Please view our Park Rules page for more information.

"Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site’s forests, fields and well preserved earthworks once witnessed fierce combat while its museum’s artifacts are tangible reminders to visitors of the battles of the Atlanta Campaign during the American Civil War and today its pristine trails are a hiker’s green oasis nestled in the suburban sprawl of metro Atlanta."

Pickett’s Mill is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. Visitors can travel roads used by Federal and Confederate troops, see earthworks constructed by these men, and walk through the same ravine where hundreds died. An authentic 1800s pioneer cabin is furnished and open for tours during certain events.

On May 27, 1864, the Federal Army, having been stopped in its advance on Atlanta two days earlier by the Battle of New Hope Church, attempted to outflank the Confederate position. Some 14,000 Federal troops were selected for the task, and General Howard was given command. After a five-hour march, Howard’s force reached the vicinity of Pickett’s Mill and prepared to attack. Waiting were 10,000 Confederate troops under the command of General Cleburne. The Federal assault began at 5 p.m. and continued into the night. Daybreak found the Confederates still in possession of the field. The Federals had lost 1,600 men compared to the Confederate loss of 500. The Confederate victory resulted in a one-week delay of the Federal advance on Atlanta.

Pickett`s Mill is now open 7 days per week, 9am-5pm. The museum is open Friday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm. Access to the trails on these days is through the museum with paid historic site admission or with the historic sites annual pass. Guests can access the trails for self-guided hikes Monday – Thursday by paying $5 per vehicle parking fee at the collection box in front of the museum or with a state park annual pass or historic site annual pass displayed in your vehicle. The entrance to the rentable group shelter and the playground is located on Hiram Acworth Highway. The playground is available 9am -5pm with a paid daily ParkPass or an annual ParkPass. The enclosed group shelter is available for rent with advance reservations.


  • 765 Acres
  • Group Shelter (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Event Facility
  • Visitor Center
  • Bus Parking

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