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Indian Seats Loop

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3.9 mile 6.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 502' 153 m
Descent: -502' -153 m
High: 1,660' 506 m
Low: 1,212' 369 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)


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Trail shared by Heather Pruner

A moderate trail with plenty of amazing views to reward you for your effort! It is especially stunning in the fall.

Heather Pruner

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers


The Indian Seats Loop of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve is a moderate, breathtaking hike to an overlook of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A side trail at the highest point in the trail leads off to a wooden observation deck, plenty of rocky outcrops with their own picturesque views, and many trees to choose from for hammocking.


If you’re looking for a four-mile, moderate workout, begin at the visitor center and hike the loop clockwise. Or for a milder way to the top, take it counterclockwise. On the way up, peer past barred tunnels into old abandoned gold mines. The loop is four miles long with two parking lots to choose from and a few well-marked connector trails which allow you to customize your hike to the length and section that is right for your group.

The path is very well maintained and a great hike. The loop is well marked, and if you aren’t in the mood for the full four miles, take any of the connector trails to make it a bit shorter. The shortest possible way to get the view is by parking in the southern parking lot (not the visitor center’s lot), and take the trail counter-clockwise right up to the top. I recommend using the Yucca Trail - Yellow Blazes to make a small loop for yourself back to the parking lot.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve’s Indian Seats Trail is a breathtaking loop absolutely worth the visit. Be sure to stop by before the fall leaves are gone and bring the whole family in the fall to capture your holiday card photo with a backdrop of 20-miles of changing leaves between you and the North Georgia Mountains in the distance.

History & Background

At one time, the entire mountain was clear cut during mining operations. Go to the nature center on Spot Road for more info. Also, there is a sign at the top of the mountain describing its role in the Trail of Tears.

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Jul 20, 2019
Daniel Long
Jun 19, 2019
Ross Trageser
3.9mi — 2h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Shawn McHargue
May 18, 2019
Dana V
Mar 23, 2019
Luigi Campbells
11h 00m
Nov 4, 2018
Braden Turner
Views at the top are great and the hike isn't too strenuous, but a lot of the track is full of rocks which means you spend a lot of time looking down 4mi — 1h 50m
Nov 3, 2018
Nan Thompson
Oct 11, 2018
Sarah Chandler

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Early morning sun.
Nov 20, 2016 near Cumming, GA
Fall colors with smoke from wildfire.
Nov 20, 2016 near Cumming, GA
Great views from the top!
Jun 30, 2015 near Cumming, GA
Great day for a hike.
Oct 27, 2016 near Cumming, GA
Indian Seats Overlook
Apr 5, 2018 near Cumming, GA


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