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.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes not required, tennis shoes would be sufficient
  • Day Pack
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Hammock
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Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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6 days ago

beautiful view!!

A short hike to a beautiful view ❤

6 days ago

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Easy Hike

Very easy hike. Went by quickly. View is okay, but still fun to climb on the rocks at the top.

5 months ago

9 months ago

Nice But Crowded

It's a great view that is breath taking but the only problem is the MASSIVE amount of people! You'll have to shoulder your way threw people to see it.

9 months ago

9 months ago

Lovely View!

We enjoyed the forest and the gorgeous view at the top! Only downside, it's very popular.

9 months ago

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

12 months ago

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.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

If you are looking for solitude and to be away from people choose another spot. Very busy and crowded. Great hike and views despite the numbers of people.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

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

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Great little family friendly trail.

Took three 5 year olds and a 3 year old up this morning. Fairly easy walk, very pretty. Only downside is *NO DOGS ALLOWED*.

about 1 year ago

Added by Alan Maxcy

Hi! I am a self-taught photographer who specializes in landscape, lifestyle, and portrait photography. My wife and I are obsessed with tacos, craft beer, and traveling the world. My favorite photos are the ones that inspire me to go on an adventure. That is the affect I want my photography to have on others.

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