Parks & Trails
Noonday Creek Trail
Distance: 6.88 miles
Start: Old 41 Highway/Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
End: Bells Ferry Road
Attractions & Amenities: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw State University, Town Center at Cobb Mall, connection to Mountain-to-River Trail and West Cobb Trail
Distance: .5 miles
Start: Skip Spann Connector (KSU Campus)
End: Chastain Road
Attractions & Amenities: Kennesaw State University, Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Public Transit access
The Noonday Creek Trail is open for walking, cycling, jogging and other non-motorized means to explore our district from a different perspective. The CID created this trail to celebrate our natural environment, encourage physical activity, and connect neighbors and neighborhoods. The trail is completely paved, making it easy for users of any age to get out of the traffic and experience the flush nature that surrounds where you live and work. The CID helps maintains landscaping, so the trail is always clean, safe and photo-ready. We have installed wayfinding signage along the way, as well as restrooms, water fountains, benches and trash cans.
The CID developed this project with bicyclists and pedestrians in mind. The portion of the trail currently in place provides a safe transportation link between KSU and the Chastain Road corridor. A continuation of the trail is planned to continue along Busbee Drive south to connect to the existing Big Shanty Road Trail.
Big Shanty Trail
Distance: 1.53 miles
Start: Town Point Drive
End: Big Shanty Road, just before I-575
Attractions & Amenities: Kennesaw State University, Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Noonday Creek Trail connection, KSU Walking Trail connection
The Big Shanty Road Trail provides vital connections to Kennesaw State University and Fifth Third Bank Stadium as well as providing access to connect with the Noonday Creek Trail.
Bells Ferry Trailhead
Location: 3001 Bells Ferry Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30066
Attractions & Amenities: Noonday Creek Trail access, Bikeshare Station, Restrooms
The Bells Ferry Trailhead is the district’s easternmost point of the Noonday Creek Trail. In 2017, we updated the area to provide trail-friendly amenities such as a restroom, parking lot, trash receptacles, bike rental station, benches, lighting, landscaping and water fountains for people and pets. In October 2019, we extended the concrete pad at the bikeshare station to create room for potential additions. The goal of this project was to provide needed amenities for trail visitors. These improvements have created a comfortable and safe starting point for any trail journey.
Size: 3 acres
Location: 2659 Barrett Lakes Blvd, Kennesaw, GA 30144
This aviation-themed park is adjacent to the Cobb County International Airport runway. It lies midpoint along the Noonday Creek Trail and offers amenities such as a 60-space parking lot, water fountain for people and pets, open green space, STEM playground, airplane-shaped climbing structure, pavilion, and a restroom facility designed to replicate the nearby airport control tower. The vision behind the park was to engage visitors in a beautiful open environment and provide much-needed amenities along the Noonday Creek Trail. The space near the end of the runway at the Cobb airport, a dedicated CID partner, led our team to the perfect park theme. We turned the high-profile but underutilized green space into an opportunity to educate the community on the history of aviation in Cobb County. Aviation Park is the first effort of its kind for the district. The Town Center CID and Alliance carried out the planning, design, construction and funding of the entire project. It represents a crucial tactic from our master plan—to implement more green space and quality of life initiatives.
Location: Corner of Roberts Boulevard and Vaughn Road, North of Barrett Pkwy
Attractions & Amenities: Noonday Creek Trail access, Bikeshare Station
Founders Park pays tribute to the founding members of the Alliance and their vision for quality of life and greenspace in the Town Center area. Founders Park is the first linear park in the Town Center area. This linear park adds a shade structure, additional bikes for the Town Center bikeshare program, seating, and landscaping along the Noonday Creek Trail.
Kennesaw Mtn National Battlefield Park
Location: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Attractions & Amenities: Bikeshare Station
While it's not located within the Town Center Community Improvement District, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park has a bikeshare station, showing the partnership it shares with the CID.