Sawnee Mountain Hike – Indian Seats Trail and Overlook

Sawnee Mountain Hike – Indian Seats Trail and Overlook

Nestled between the Appalachian Trail and Atlanta, Sawnee Mountain Preserve is a perfect hike for beginners, people with large groups looking for a pretty view, or families with children or older people. We reached the top and back in about 45 minutes, and even in the summer Georgia heat, we weren’t very sweaty. Indian Seats trail is all dirt, with a lot of roots, but it also has plenty of shade.

Indian Seats Trail Stats

Length 3.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 436 feet
Difficulty Rating Easy to Moderate
Trail Type Loop
Date Hiked 07/31/2016
Public Facilities Bathrooms, Garden, Visitor Center, and Observation Deck
Kid Friendly Yes
Pet Friendly No


It was slightly difficult to find the correct trail, so follow the link below, you will notice that there are two parking lots on different sides of the road, make sure that you follow google maps so you will be on the correct side to see the trail head and map.

To find the trail to the Indian Seats you must first take the very short Laurel Trail Spur. This trail uses a blue marker and is less than .2 miles.

Checkout the video below to see some highlights of our trip. We packed a bottle of water each and some bananas for a snack since we weren’t sure how long it would take. Beware of water-made shortcuts that look like the trail! We were deceived and felt horrible about it when we realized that we’d accidentally taken one.  Be mindful of this as it is part of our duty as visitors to stay on the trail. Shortcuts harm natural vegetation and cause erosion.

The University of Georgia partnered with the trail to label natural wildlife.  This effort is shown all over as trees are marked, indicating what type of tree it is, and there is a small garden area by the welcoming center that displays some natural plants.  It would be worth it to discuss this with your kids on your hike. There are bathrooms at the start of the trail by the welcoming center, and there were printed maps there as well.  Don’t hesitate to ask people on the trail if you get a little backwards, as hiking people are the best people to share nature with.  We hope you bring your families to enjoy the beauty this trail has to offer.

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