Hike the Indian Seats Trail
Georgia › Sawnee Mountain Indian Seats Trail
Added by Alan Maxcy
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.
- Hiking shoes not required, tennis shoes would be sufficient
- Day Pack
- Water Bottle
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Awesome trail close to Atlanta
This trail is a really good trail that is within about 45 minutes from Atlanta. The Indian Seats trail is certainly one of the more popular trails in the area, but with good reason. On a clear day at the summit, you get an awesome view of the Blue Ridge mountains in Northern Georgia. The uphill is pretty mild for the whole trail, but significant enough to make it a decent exercise. If you want to combine this trail with another fun North Georgia activity, there are more than a handful of very nice wineries about 20 minutes north of here on the Dahlonega Plateau.
Easy Hike With A VERY Rewarding View
Not a difficult hike whatsoever and the view from the seats is incredible. Especially if you can make time to see the sunset. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because its becoming a big attraction in the area. If you're looking for a place to get away from people and are wanting peace and quiet, it may be a good idea to try another spot.
Fairly Close To The City
I was surprised to find this place wasn't 2 hours from Atlanta or any metro city surrounding Atlanta. It's not in the Chattahoochee National Forest or anything but it's still a great forest/mountain hike. I enjoy the view. Although, since it's closer to cities and towns, it can be pretty populated. If you're ok with that, it's a nice hike.
Great Family Hike
Easy enough to take the kids, but hard enough to let you know you did something. Great view at the end; trail well maintained and very clear. Very convenient--close to Cumming and easy access not too far off of 400
Added by Alan Maxcy
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