This is a fun easy hike that is great for families but still a decent workout too. Just 40 miles from Atlanta with bathrooms and easy parking at the trailhead, you'll find beautiful views at the summit.

The Sawnee Mountain Preserve is easy to get to with a GPS and offers plenty of parking. To get to the Indian Seats Trail you will start down a short (.17 mile) trail that will take you to the trailhead. The Indian Seats Trail is a loop so once you reach the marked trail you can go either left or right (all roads lead to the Indian Seats). The trail will take you around to the backside of the mountain where you will begin your ascent up a few switchbacks. The hike features both evergreens and deciduous trees, so hiking in October and November will offer some of Georgia's beautiful fall foliage. There are also a few gated goldmine entrances along the way. The hike is well marked so finding your way to the summit should not be a problem.

The overlook offers a beautiful view of Georgia's Blue Ridge mountains as well as the sunset (The summit faces Northwest). The trail is named after the natural indentations in the rocks at the top of the mountain. It is said that this is where the Cherokee Indians would sit and meditate. This is a perfect day hike if you don't have time to make it up to North GA, but still want to feel like you are out of the city.

Here is the link for the Trail Map.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes not required, tennis shoes would be sufficient
  • Day Pack
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Hammock
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 600 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildlife

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Get there early (or late!)

This trail is beautiful and certainly well-loved by GA hikers. Go for sunrise or sunset (sunrise probably less people) and the view is gorgeous.

Great Hike! Super Crowded.

Go early!! This is a popular trail. We arrived at 8:30 am and there was a good bit of people there. We left at 11 and the entire parking area was full. I imagine the view at the top was less than pleasant with that many people. Easy trail, a bit rocky..I wished I would have worn my hiking boots for more support. Easy for kids, we took our 6 yr old and he did great.

beautiful view!!

A short hike to a beautiful view ❤


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